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Tri States Public Radio and NPR News will provide you with updated stories from all of our local and national elections between now and November. The NPR News element below will be updated constantly, and will sometimes provide live coverage and audio from important events leading up to the November elections. You can find all of our local coverage after the jump.Election 2012 News From NPR

Madigan Vs. The Marine

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The contest for Illinois attorney general pits a long-time incumbent against a prosecutor with international experience.

Lisa Madigan was the first woman elected to be Illinois' Attorney General, in 2002.

After flirting with a run for governor, Madigan, the daughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan -- is instead seeking a fourth term as the state's top lawyer. Amanda Vinicky starts off this extended interview asking Madigan what she has accomplished that makes her deserving of another four years.

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Paul Schimpf, whose most widely-heralded career highlight was being part of the prosecution team against Saddam Hussein, is looking to move from the Marines to the Illinois Attorney General's office.

Polls put Madigan solidly ahead of her Republican challenger, retired Marine Paul Schimpf.

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Republican nominee for Attorney General Paul Schimpf sat down with Amanda Vinicky to explain what's behind his campaign slogan, "Trust a Marine, Not the Madigan Machine."

Most candidates running in statewide races won their spot on the ballot with party support, but not Schimp. Vinicky began this full-length conversation with him by asking Schimpf to introduce himself to voters.

Schimpf says he's running to win, but if he does lose, the 43-year-old Waterloo resident expects to start a small, legal practice.