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Much at stake in Tuesday's primary

Polling places open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 11:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:14 a.m. CDT
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Volunteer Deb Glaubke of Woodstock helps set up a polling place Monday at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Tuesday is the 2014 General Primary Election, and there’s much at stake in McHenry County and Illinois, including Republican nominations for McHenry County sheriff, clerk and treasurer; Illinois governor and U.S. senator.

A closer look:

• Countywide races – Some longtime Republican incumbents are leaving office, creating significant change in McHenry County government, including McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren, County Clerk Katherine Schultz and County Treasurer Bill LeFew. Bill Prim is battling Undersheriff Andrew Zinke for sheriff. Mary McClellan faces fellow County Board member Nick Provenzano for clerk, and Glenda Miller faces Jeffrey Thorsen for treasurer.

• County Board – There are contested Republican primaries in four McHenry County Board districts and a countywide referendum asking voters whether the County Board chairman should be popularly elected.

• U.S. Senate – Either Jim Oberweis and Doug Truax will win the Republican nod and the right to face Sen. Dick Durbin in November. Democrats Dennis Anderson and John Hosta are fighting for the 14th Congressional nomination to face U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.

• Governor – Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford are seeking the GOP nomination for governor, while incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn is being challenged in his Democratic primary by Tio Hardiman.

• Other state races – There is a contested GOP primary for state treasurer between Tom Cross and Bob Grogan, as well as a three-way GOP contest for 65th District State Representative among Steven Anderson, Debbie Miller and Daniel J. Ugaste.

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