Illinois primary election day dawned Tuesday with voters getting to shape the Republican and Democratic fall tickets for contests ranging from governor and U.S. Senate down to state legislature and county board.
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Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for party elections that traditionally feature low voter turnout.
Winter-weary voters across the state will find “one of the warmer days of the spring,” said Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV. Skilling forecasted a “sunny, mild, breezy day” with high temperatures near or in the mid-50s and no rain until the evening.
On the statewide ballot, Republicans will choose among primary candidates for U.S. Senate, governor and state treasurer. The GOP ballot also features pockets of congressional and Illinois House and Senate primary contests.
For Democrats, there’s not as much at stake. Gov. Pat Quinn faces a minor primary challenge and the other statewide offices are uncontested. There are, however, some races for Illinois House and Senate and Cook County Board.