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Voters in Wisconsin can begin casting ballots in the presidential race. A Wisconsin state Supreme Court seat is also at stake in the state's April 5th primary.

This is the first presidential election where voters will be required to show photo identification in order to cast their ballots. Early voting runs through 5 p.m. on April first.

U.S. Senate / kirk.senate.gov

Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has become the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick. 

Kirk said in an interview on Chicago radio station WLS the Senate should “man up and cast a vote.'' 

Last Wednesday, President Obama nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February.

Kirk faces a difficult re-election fight this fall against Tammy Duckworth in a Democratic-leaning state. 

Republican Senators don't argue about Judge Merrick Garland's qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Garland is the chief judge of the U.S Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

They dislike that President Obama nominated him during an election year, during his last year in office, and that the moderate Garland would replace conservative icon Antonin Scalia.

The Illinois General Primary Election is over, and the links below will take you to those sites for information on each contest in each jurisdiction.

Some links may not be available immediately if they have not been activated by the election authority.

Click on the county name (or city, if Aurora or Rockford) to view election results as reported by the election authority.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth beat two challengers to win the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. That means Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, will face incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk in the November General Election.

Kirk, a moderate, beat conservative challenger James Marter in the GOP primary.

Rockford residents approved – by a nearly 2-to-1 vote -- for the third time the imposition of a 1% sales tax that funds public infrastructure, including road and bridge repair for the next five years. This measure would maintain rather than increase the current tax rate. It is expected to yield about $60 million over the next five years.

In DeKalb County, voters in the Village of Waterman approved a 1% sales tax to fund municipal operations, on public infrastructure, or property tax relief with nearly two-thirds of the voters voting Yes.

Most races in Tuesday’s primaries for the Illinois General Assembly have been fully tabulated, but some that involve McHenrty County are still incomplete.

Only one State Senate primary affects the WNIJ listening area directly, and all the returns still had not been filed as of late this morning. A three-way Republican race in the 26th Senate District shows Dan McConchie with just under 36% of the vote, Casey Urlacher in second place with a little less than 34%, and Martin McLaughlin with just over 30%.

Results were mixed Tuesday for area fire-protection districts in their requests to increase property tax assessments on the communities they serve. One district actually increased its taxpayer base.

The Blackhawk Fire Protection District southwest of Rockford received approval for a special tax of not more than .05% of assessed property value to pay for emergency and rescue crews and equipment.

There were solid wins in four of the area Congressional primaries Tuesday and one really tight contest. Only one incumbent faced primary opposition.

In the 17th District, Republican Patrick Harlan took nearly 76 percent of the vote over Knox County Tea Party leader Jack Boccarossa to win the right to face Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in the fall.

Upset Posted For Boone County Prosecutor

Mar 15, 2016

In the Republican race for Boone County State’s Attorney, challenger Tricia L. Smith upset two-term incumbent Michele Courier by nearly six percentage points.

Courier ran on her record of convictions and pursuing gang members in the county.

Smith cited her experience as a Rockford police officer, a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney as well as civil court experience.

It is the first time in Boone County history that two women have faced each other to be the county’s top prosecutor. No Democratic candidates have filed.

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