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There is good news and not-so-good news about political engagement in Illinois.

The good news is that Illinois ranked first for Voter Accessibility Policies in the study by wallethub.com.

The not-so-good news is that the Prairie State only ranked 23 out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in overall political engagement.

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If you’d like to prepare for your votes in the Illinois General Election, 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 state and federal primaries.

Boone County

Candidate websites

There wasn't supposed to be an election for a statewide constitutional officer this year.  But Democrats essentially forced one, following the sudden death of Republican Judy Baar Topinka after she'd won the 2014 election for comptroller, but before she'd been inaugurated. 

The race has been expensive and competitive, and it could show who's winning the war of public opinion between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Who knows what would have happened had Democrats held onto the governor's office in 2014?

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is putting tens of millions of dollars of his personal wealth into campaigns to swing some Illinois General Assembly seats to the Republican side, and Democrats are tapping their big donors -- unions and attorneys -- to match.

A lot of the money is going into small races that you normally wouldn’t hear a lot about.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says it's "disappointing" two groups have withdrawn endorsements. He's trying to fight off a challenge from Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Kirk was a rare Republican to receive recommendations from the Human Rights Campaign, which supports gay rights, and a gun control group led by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. 

Both pulled their endorsements after Kirk made a wisecrack minimizing the Duckworth family legacy of military service; many critics immediately condemned it as racist. 

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