Political news

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.