Illinois Primary Election Day: Here’s What You Need to Know

CHICAGO (CBS)– To be Primary Election Day and more than 50 polling stations open at 6 a.m. in Chicago.

Polling stations close at 7pm and you can vote as long as you queue before closing.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. on Election Day 1


One of the biggest races to watch on Tuesday is the Republican Primary for the governor of Illinois. Tuesday’s winner will challenge JB Pritzker to his fall job.

GOP candidate Richard Irvin spent Monday campaigning in the western suburb of Cary.

He is backed by billionaire Ken Griffin, who gave $50 million to Irvin’s campaign.

Irvin, mayor of Aurora, hopes his experience and willingness to reach down the aisle will also help his chances of winning.

Darren Bailey, one of Irvin’s opponents, drove Monday during a campaign stop in Des Paines after being endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Political analyst Stephen Maynard Caliendo weighed in in this race with the CBS 2 morning team.

Political Analyst Stephen Maynard Caliendo weighs in on Illinois primary election day


He told the crowd, Illinois is ready for a conservative back in Springfield.

Republican candidate Jesse Sullivan also ran a last-minute campaign in Lombard on Monday night. He plans to greet voters this morning at the Metra station in Arlington Heights.

Many keep a close eye on the congressional races here in Illinois.

CBS 2’s Meredith Barack keeps an eye on some of the top races, most notably the 1st and 6th district congressional races.

The 1st Congressional District Primary has a wide open field. The neighborhood stretches along the south side of town and heads southwest through Will County all the way to Braidwood and Bourbonnais.

A total of 17 candidates will compete for the Democratic nomination for the 1st district, which has no sitting officer for the first time in 30 years, with Representative Bobby Rush retiring.

Experts say the winner of the Democratic primary in the 1st district will almost certainly win the general election as well.

There is also a controversial race going on in the 6th congressional district, most recently redesigned as a western and southwestern suburban neighborhood stretching from Downers Grove to Orland Park.

Democratic Representative Sean Casten, of Downers Grove, was elected to the seat in 2018, beating Republican incumbent Peter Roskam to become the first Democrat to lead the district in nearly half a century.

He’s up against another incumbent Congresswoman, Representative Marie Newman, whose 3rd congressional district was reassigned and radically changed during the most recent realignment.

Newman defeated incumbent Representative Dan Lipinski and was elected Congressman from the 3rd District in 2020.

Charles Hughes also competes in the 6th District Democratic Primary. While not as solid a Democratic seat as the 1st district, Democrats will likely keep this seat.

Now that Roe v. Wade has been quashed, it’s up to states to decide whether abortion is legal; and if so, under what circumstances. That adds weight to the importance of the abortion issue in the upcoming Illinois primaries.

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