In our live blog, we're offering frequent updates on the race to fill the governor's mansion in Illinois.
Whoever wins tonight's gubernatorial showdown between Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady will take over a state in dire need of bold leadership. Both offer distinct plans for Illinois' future. We think the vision laid out by the Democrat is superior to that of the Republican. The results tonight will show if a majority of Illinois voters agree with us.
Throughout the night, we will provide frequent updates on the race, including the final election results when they roll in. Be sure to check back periodically for the latest!
UPDATE 2 (8:02 p.m.): Latino voters seem to be siding with Democratic candidates in Illinois, according to exit polls by Latino Decisions. The poll -- sponsored by the National Council of La Raza, SEIU (which sponsors this site), and America's Voice -- projects that 83 percent of Latino voters supported Gov. Pat Quinn compared to 13 percent for downstate GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady.
UPDATE 3 (9:23 P.M.): With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Quinn is leading Brady 49-43 percent.
UPDATE 4 (10:31 p.m.): It's really getting close. With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Gov. Quinn leads by 30,971 votes.
UPDATE 5 (10:52 p.m.): More precincts are coming in and the news is good for Brady. With 94 percent reporting, Quinn's lead has shrunk to 13,759 votes.
UPDATE 6 (11:13 p.m.): Of the 465 precincts left to be counted, roughly 20 percent are in Chicago. Absentee ballots are still rushing in, too, which lean Democratic. (Those won't be counted tonight.) Quinn leads by just 7,295 votes.
UPDATE 7 (12:01 a.m.): Supporters of Pat Quinn watch the close election results hoping for a win for the governor.
UPDATE 8 (12:20 a.m.): Of the three percent of precincts yet to be counted, 42 percent are in Cook County. Some absentee ballots still have not been counted yet, either. Although Gov. Quinn is leading by 8,172 votes currently, Bill Brady told supporters moments ago that he would not concede the race tonight. We will have footage of his speech shortly.
UPDATE 9 (12:27 a.m.): Here's Brady's statement, courtesy of NBC 5:
The ballroom over at the Hotel Allegro, meanwhile, seemingly gets busier with each passing moment. Quinn supporters keep crowding in, quieting only momentarily when Brady appeared on a live news feed to announce his decision not to concede tonight. That statement brought with it a series of boos. Watch:
UPDATE 10 (10:54 a.m.): At a news conference in Bloomington this morning, Brady refused to concede, saying his campaign will wait until the election is certified by the state Board of Elections. Even though the Republican is forging ahead, he certainly has an uphill climb ahead of him.
UPDATE 11 (2:44 p.m.): This afternoon, the Chicago Sun-Times updated its ballot counts to show that Quinn's lead had grown to 11,851 votes with 11,166 of the 11,209 precincts reporting.