Updated Mar 18, 2024 - Politics

Illinois primary election voter guide: Key races and more

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Thousands of voters are expected to show up at polling stations around Illinois this election day.

Why it matters: While the winners of Illinois' primary will still face challenges in November, tonight's results in deep blue Cook County will give candidates in some races a leg up in the general election.

The big picture: Both President Biden and former President Trump have already secured enough delegates to clinch their party nominations for the first presidential rematch since 1956.

  • But there are plenty of exciting and important primary battles still on Illinois' ballot.

What they're saying: "We're going to see who is really motivated," NBC 5 News political reporter Mary Ann Ahern, who will cover results for the station's live-streamed show tonight, tells Axios.

  • "While Chicago is a deep blue city, the migrant crisis has sparked debate on what direction voters want elected officials to take."

What we're watching:

  • Cook County state's attorney: The Democratic primary fight started with two candidates who had similar backgrounds and philosophies, but it's turned into a proxy battle between downtown and community interests about how to handle crime.
  • 7th Congressional District: Incumbent Danny Davis seeks to fend off two viable challengers in Melissa Conyears-Ervin and Kina Collins.
  • Bring Chicago Home referendum: After months of political jockeying, court challenges and ad blitzes, we'll see where voters stand on the ordinance to add a tax to luxury real estate that would fund resources for people experiencing homelessness.

The intrigue: Early voting numbers are down significantly from 2020, so all eyes are on how many Chicagoans vote Tuesday.

Key voter information

Sample ballots: Obtain a sample ballot here.

Mail-in ballots: There are several ways to submit mail-in ballots, but you must apply to receive a ballot by March 14, and your ballot must be returned or postmarked by the day of the election.

Judicial races: Check out guides from across the political spectrum:

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Editor's note: This guide will be updated with relevant information and stories ahead of the election.

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