Election extremely important for the direction of Illinois

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There is a lot riding on this election day. It could settle or prolong the Illinois budget stalemate.

We’ll find out if the country will have the first woman in the white house or a billionaire businessman. Both candidates got national coverage to make their case on national security.

All of this made for an interesting discussion with former Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling, a Republican, and Rock Island County Democratic Party Chair Doug House.

Both House and Schilling agree that the Illinois General Assembly race between Mike Halpin and Brandi McGuire.

A win by McGuire could give Governor Bruce Rauner more leverage against the Democrats in the budget fight. Both men also agree this race is an uphill climb for the Republicans.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump appeared on NBC News Wednesday night for what was billed as the Commander-in-Chief forum.

Moderator Matt Lauer pressed Trump on his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Let me ask you about some of the things you’ve said about Vladimir Putin.  You said, I will tell you, in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A, our president is not doing so well.  And, when referring to a comment that Putin made about you, I think he called you a brilliant leader, you said it’s always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his country and beyond,” said Matt Lauer.

“Well, he does have an 82 percent approval rating, according to the different pollsters, who, by the way, some of them are based right here,” said Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump.

“He’s also a guy who annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, supports Assad in Syria, supports Iran, is trying to undermine our influence in key regions of the world, and according to our intelligence community, probably is the main suspect for the hacking of the DNC computers,” Lauer said.

“Well, nobody knows that for a fact,” Trump said.

One line of questioning directed at Hillary Clinton focused on the Iran Nuclear Deal. The negotiations began while she was secretary of state, but signed after she left the Obama Administration. Lauer pursued her on comments she made that she expected Iran to cheat.

“Do you think they’re playing us?” asked Lauer.

“On the nuclear issue, no.  I think we have enough insight into what they’re doing to be able to say we have to distrust but verify.  What I am focused on is all the other malicious activities of the Iranians — ballistic missiles, support for terrorists, being involved in Syria, Yemen, and other places, supporting Hezbollah, Hamas. But here’s the difference, Matt.  I would rather as president be dealing with Iran on all of those issues without having to worry as much about their racing for a nuclear weapon. So we have made the world safer; we just have to make sure it’s enforced,” said Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.

These were tough questions for both candidates.

Both Schilling and House defended their party’s respective candidates.

House was particularly critical of Trump and his comments related to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When it comes to presidential elections, 4 the Record typically doesn’t report national polls in the presidential race. That’s because they’re generally meaningless when it comes to understanding where things stand.

It’s always about the electoral college. Here’s how that looks, according to polling by CBS News.
Only one state is listed as a true tossup. That’s Iowa.

All the others are leaning slightly or strongly one way or the other. According to this if the election was held Sunday, Hillary Clinton would be the next president with 341 electoral votes to Trump’s 191. It takes 270 to win the White House.

Obviously, we have almost two months left in the race.

Schilling says the Republicans shouldn’t be worried because there’s a lot of time left — 58 days as of Sunday.

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