Primary choices, referendums await Tuesday's voters

Originally Posted Online: March 17, 2014, 6:00 pm
Last Updated: March 17, 2014, 6:07 pm
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By Eric Timmons,

Polls open across Illinois Tuesday at 6 a.m. for the primary election and close at 7 p.m.

Voters must ask for a specific political party ballot or a nonpartisan ballot, which lists only referendum questions and elections for nonpartisan candidates, such as the mayoral and city council elections in Geneseo in Henry County.

The winners of primary elections will stand in the general election in November.

In Rock Island and Whiteside counties, there are referendum questions on proposed 1 percent sales tax increase to fund school building improvements.

There's also a question asking for support for a nearly $15 million bond issue for Rockridge School District on ballots in Rock Island and Mercer counties to fund construction of a new elementary school.

Rock Island County and Henry counties have referendum questions on quarter-percent and half-percent sales tax increases for public safety respectively.

Republican ballots will include a four-way contest for the party's nomination for governor.

The candidates are state senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. On the Democratic ballot, Gov. Pat Quinn is being challenged by Chicago activist Tio Hardiman.

There's a contested Democratic primary for county clerk in Rock Island County and contested Democratic and Republican primaries for sheriff in Mercer County as well as a contested Republican primary for treasurer in Henry County.

In Geneseo municipal elections, Mayor Linda Van Der Leest is being challenged by Nadine Palmgren and Ald. Keith Kennett, 3rd Ward, is being challenged by former alderman Karen West.

For voting information:

- Rock Island County Clerk: 309-558-3569 or
- Henry County Clerk: 309-937-3575 or
- Mercer County Clerk: 309-582-7021 or
- Whiteside County Clerk: 815-772-5189 or

More polling place information is at


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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