It's election day here in Illinois and voters are casting their ballots in a number of races across the state. Two of the races that many will be watching are in the 2nd congressional district, where voters are looking to elect a replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. in today's primary race, and the battle for Cicero President.
There are 18 candidates running for the 2nd congressional district. The Democratic candidates are: Robin Kelly, Debbie Halvorson, Anthony Beale, Ernest Fenton, Victor Jonathan, Larry Pickens, Joyce Washington, Rev. Anthony Williams, Fatimah Muhammad, Clifford Eagleton, Mel Reynolds, Charles Rayburn, John Blythe and Gregory Haynes. The Republican contenders are Beverly Reid, Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley and Eric Wallace.
This morning, Progress Illinois caught up with Halvorson as she cast her ballot at the Steger Community Center. While there she told us, "We're seeing that the turnout has been great. We're hoping that people will go out and vote as soon as they can and we'll see what happens."
Weather is expected to be a factor in voter turnout today as the Chicagoland area is projected to see as much as six inches of snowfall today.
The general election for the 2nd district race is April 9.
In Cicero, three candidates are running for town president: incumbent Larry Dominick, who is hoping to get a third term in office, Juan Ochoa, and Joe Pontarelli. If there is no clear cut winner in the race today, a run off election will take place in April. We'll have more on this highly-contentious race later today.
Check back with Progress Illinois throughout the day for reports from the field and check ins with today's hopeful candidates.