Welcome to Patch's live blog of the primary elections. We'll be updating now until voting wraps up on Tuesday, March 20. We'll collect election coverage and report our own. We'll rope in your Twitter and Facebook comments, too. Why? The elections are, after all, about all of us. So our coverage is designed to help you make the right choices, and to keep up the with the fast-flowing current of political news.
- First, let's start with some voting basics. If you're a Patch reader from Suburban Cook County, visit the Cook County Clerk's Elections page, which tells you all you need to know about voting in the primary, including sample ballots, information on how to find your polling place, a list of elected officials and their contact information and more.
- Early voting wrapped up Thursday. Cook County Clerk David Orr's office is reporting an uptick in the number of Republican voters who turned out to cast a ballot. Here in Oak Park and River Forest, the turnout numbers were relatively low.
- Got it? OK. Let's move onto news coverage. We're going to keep it local, but we're going to throw in some interesting Chicago-centric coverage for good measure. And we can't ignore the national implications of the Illinois primary, so we'll also include some national stories, too. Let's start with a bang.
"So really this election is an opportunity for the area's most powerful politicians—the big boys and girls—to see who has the longest, um, tentacles. Strictly speaking, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle aren't up for election. But they're out to win anyway in races across the region." — Mick Dumke and Ben Joravksy of the Chicago Reader
- For local voters in Oak Park and River Forest, here's a look at Patch and other coverage of the Illinois House races, and a look at the race for the 7th Congressional District.
- Also on March 20, the village of River Forest is pursuing a referendum to allow for Community Choice Aggregation, a plan that aims to find alternate source of electricity that could result in lower residential and commercial power bills.
- For some additional perspective, check out the Oak Leaves election page, which rounds up the paper's coverage of local races: