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


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  Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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