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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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One candidate pulled ahead in a pack of three in the race for the Republican nomination for DeKalb County State’s Attorney.

Rick Amato has about 44 percent of the vote. Former State’s Attorney Clay Campbell has about 31 percent of the vote while Chuck Rea has 25 percent.

The winner faces Democrat Richard Schmack in the general election in November. He ran unopposed.

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The stakes are high for candidates in Illinois. Races are expected to be tight from the presidential nominations right down to state legislative contests.

Even if you've moved or haven't yet registered to vote, there's still time.

Illinois politicians have voted in recent years, to make it easier for Illinois residents to vote them in (or out) of office.

This is the first time voters statewide can take advantage of being able to register on Election Day.

Five candidates for president weighed in on the violent clashes in Chicago at a planned Friday night rally for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is a Republican who favors gun control and strong environmental protections.

You read that right. If you're surprised, that's because Kirk belongs to a dying breed -- a moderate Republican during a time when GOP candidates are trying to get to the right of each other on issues from abortion to immigration.

So it's not surprising that Kirk faces a primary challenge from conservative James Marter, a Peoria County businessman.

If you’d like to prepare for your votes in the Illinois Primary on Tuesday, WNIJ News offers these links to help you be informed about all the issues.

Compiled below – county by county – are links that will allow you to view the sample ballots that may affect you.

Following those listings are links to the campaign websites of contenders in contested state and federal primaries. Candidates for state Senate and House, or Congressional races for the U.S House or Senate, who are running without primary opposition are not included.

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Some voters in the northern suburbs say presidential primary results in Michigan have them a little wary about Hillary Clinton’s chances in Illinois. 

In the latest Chicago Tribune poll, the former Secretary of State is beating Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by a more than 2 to 1 margin.

Fox Lake social studies teacher Colleen Schoenberger brought her daughter to the Clinton rally in Vernon Hills last night. Schoenberger says Sanders’s unexpected victory in Michigan concerns her.

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Voters in the 16th Illinois Congressional District must be happy with Adam Kinzinger. The Republican incumbent has no primary challenger, and Democrats fielded no candidate so far.

Kinzinger took 71% of the vote in the last General Election in this heavily Republican district. Democrats, who controlled the remapping process, packed the 16th with GOP voters to make the neighboring 17th District more Democratic.

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