What to know before casting a ballot in McHenry County

Polling places have changed; environmental group offers recycling

Tuesday’s election could have a number of ramifications: majority party shifts at the federal level, a new leader of state government and a shuffling of board members in McHenry County.

Residents who wish to have a say in these decisions have one last chance to cast their votes on Election Day, when polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The state of Illinois offers same-day registration. For information, voters should visit their local polling place or call the McHenry County Clerk’s Office at 815-334-4242.

The National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance of rain and a high near 50 degrees Tuesday in McHenry County. Winds will come from the southwest at about 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

This year, the county clerk’s office unveiled new voting equipment designed to streamline the voting process and provide enhanced security.

The technology experienced a minor mishap at a couple of locations during the early voting period because of a new security measure that requires election judges to initial each ballot that is cast.

In response to requests from several schools and private entities that no longer wish to participate during elections for safety reasons, several local voting locations have changed.

The new voting site in Algonquin Township’s 63rd and 68th precincts is the Algonquin Main Library, 2600 Harnish Road.

Light of Christ Lutheran Church, 100 Hanson Road, now will be available for Algonquin Township’s 30th, 39th, 41st and 62nd precincts.

Spring Grove Village Hall,
7401 Meyer Road, will be available for Richmond Township’s 2nd precinct, and the McHenry Public Library,
809 Front St., is open for McHenry Township’s 14th precinct.

A full list of voting locations and precincts is available on the official McHenry County website, www.mchenrycountyil.gov.

After the election, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is encouraging the recycling of political signs at two locations.

The McHenry train station,
4005 Main St., will collect signs from
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, while Chicago Logistic Service, 501 Davis Road, Elgin, will collect signs at any time after the election.

For information, call the Environmental Defenders at 815-338-0393.

Races are contested for Illinois governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, U.S. House seats, Illinois House and Senate seats, McHenry County Board seats and county clerk.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is facing strong opposition from billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Grayson “Kash” Jackson, formerly Benjamin Adam Winderweedle, and conservative candidate William “Sam” McCann also are on the ballot.

In the 14th Congressional District – which includes most of McHenry County except communities in the southeast, such as Cary, Fox River Grove, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and a portion of Crystal Lake – Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, is in a tight battle against his Democratic challenger, Lauren Underwood of Naperville.

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, also is in a closely contested race against Democratic businessman Sean Casten in the 6th Congressional District, which covers southeastern McHenry County.

Three state Senate seats – two of which were vacated in the middle of their terms – and two House seats – one of which was vacated in the middle of its term – have contested races.

Appointed incumbent state Sen. Don DeWitte, who replaced Karen McConnaughay, faces Democrat Nancy Zettler in the 33rd Senate District.

State Sen. Craig Wilcox, who was sworn in as Pamela Althoff’s replacement, is being challenged by Democratic McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady, and Sen. Dan McConchie faces Democrat Tom Georges in the 26th Senate District.

Republican Tom Weber and Democrat Trisha Zubert are running for Illinois’ 64th House District seat, while Democrat Richard Johnson and Republican Dan Ugaste are running for the 65th District seat.

All County Board districts except District 4 have Democratic and Republican candidates vying for two open seats.

Republican McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio and Democrat Andrew Georgi are running for McHenry County clerk.

Candidates for sheriff, treasurer and auditor are running unopposed.

Visit the Northwest Herald’s Election Central page at www.nwherald.com/election/2018/index.xml for candidate questionnaires, videos and stories about contested races.

For live results Tuesday night, visit nwherald.com.

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