Illinois polling places closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with ballots now being tallied in several Quad-Cities counties.
Voting in Rock Island County appeared to be the heaviest Tuesday morning in the city of Rock Island and in South Moline Township, according to the Rock Island County Clerk's office.
Three candidates are running for mayor in Rock Island and there are contested aldermanic elections in the 1st and 5th wards. There also are contested in South Rock Island, Rock Island and Moline townships.
Rock Island Chief Deputy Clerk John Brown said turnout has been "very minimal" in parts of the county without contested local elections.
He said there was no indication that the referendum on the Rock Island County Public Building Commission would increase turnout in rural parts of the county and municipalities that don't have contested elections.
In addition to local races, voters in Henry and Mercer counties also cast ballots on a 1 percent sales tax, the proceeds of which would be divided proportionally among county schools based on the number of students each has.
For results from Tuesday's ballots, check back with QCOnline.com or pick up copies of Wednesday's issues of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.