BENTON – It’s Election Day in Illinois.
Voters across the state will be heading to their polling place to cast their vote for Governor and Lt. Governor, along with Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer.
It seems everyone will have their eyes on the Governor’s race as Democrat Billionaire J.B. Pritzker is looking to unseat first-term incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner, who is hoping for a second term. Pritzker has had a double-digit lead in the polls over Rauner in the race to become Illinois’ chief executive.
Congressional races will also be on the ballot statewide. Locally, incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro is facing a challenge from Democrat Brenden Kelly – the state’s attorney in St. Clair County – and Green Party candidate Randy Auxier for the 12th Congressional District Seat.
Democrat Kevin Gaither is looking to unseat incumbent Republican John Shimkus for the 15th Congressional District Seat.
Turning now to State House and State Senate races:
Incumbent Republican State Sen. Dale Fowler of Harrisburg is looking to win another term to the 59th District Senate seat. He is running against Democrat Steve Webb of Goreville.
Incumbent Republican State Rep. Dave Severin is also looking to win another term to the 117th District House seat. Severin is being challenged by Democrat Jason Woolard of Carterville.
Incumbent Republican State Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro is up against Democrat Marsha Griffin of Jonesboro for the 115th District House seat.
Incumbent Democrat State Rep. Natalie Phelps-Finnie goes up against Republican Patrick Windhorst for the 118th District House seat.
In contested Hamilton County races, Republican Trent Butler is looking to upset incumbent Democrat Mary Anne Hopfinger for County Clerk and Recorder.
Incumbent Democrat Sheriff Robert Crow is looking to keep his job. He is being challenged by Republican Tracy L. Lakin.
For Judge of the Appellate Court Fifth Judicial District, it’s Democrat Kevin T. Hoerner against Republican David K. Overstreet.
Voters in Dahlgren will have a non-binding question on the ballot regarding alcohol sales and liquor licenses.
A referendum question that says “Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the state constitution to ban the implementation of a statewide one percent property tax increase” will also be on the ballot for voters to decide.
In contested Franklin County races, Incumbent Democrat Keith Jones is up against Republican Steve “Verse” Vercellino for County Treasurer.
Incumbent Democrat Sheriff Don Jones faces a challenge from Republican David Bartoni in the Sheriff’s race.
For County Board in District 2, four people are on the ballot. They are Republicans J. Larry Miller and Robert Pierce and Democrats Ray Minor and James “Jim” Hobbie. Pierce is the incumbent and hopes to win re-election. Of the four on the ballot, two will be elected.
For County Board in District 3, four people are on the ballot. They are Republicans Jack C. Warren and Kevin Weston and Democrats Danny L. Melvin and George Robbie Barkley. Warren and Melvin are the incumbents looking to be re-elected. Of the four on the ballot, two will be elected.
Voters in Franklin County will also choose Republican David K. Overstreet or Democrat Kevin T. Hoerner for Appellate Court Judge Fifth Judicial District. The winner will fill the vacancy of the Hon. Richard P. Goldenhersh.
Polls across Illinois will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join Q106 and the Illinois Radio Network for live election coverage starting at 7 p.m.
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