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Voters Head to the Polls Today

WGIL Newsroom . 2014 Primary, Local News 263

voteAfter a change in recent years to try and make Illinois more of a contender in the presidential race, it’s back to the third Tuesday in March this year.

Today is Primary Election Day, and voter turnout is expected to be predictably low, but you could potentially help change that.

If you did not take advantage of early voting options, you can vote today until 7pm.

Most of the contested races on both Democratic and Republican ballots involve the statewide races for Governor, Treasurer, and others. But there are some — albeit very few — local issues on the ballot.

The primary issues across the area are sales and property tax-related referendums. Knox County voters will decide whether to increase the sales tax a quarter percent in order to continue to help fund the county’s 911 call center.

Voters in Monmouth-Roseville will consider whether or not to allow the district to increase their property tax levy in order to help stave off continues decreases in state funding.

Other similar tax referendums across the region are on the ballot.

Also, though, in Knox County, Democratic Party head Christine Winick is facing a challenger in her role of 17th District State Central Committeewoman. Dorothy Turner of Rockford is running against her.

Once the polls close at seven o’clock tonight, we’ll have updates on the results here on WGIL,and online at www.wgil.com.