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Voters go to the polls today in Illinois

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By KWMU / AP

Illinois – Today is primary Election Day in Illinois. Voters will pick party nominees in a number of races, from Congress to State Representative to judicial races.

But most eyes are on the race for Illinois Governor.

Five Republicans are vying to be the nominee: State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, dairy owner Jim Oberweis, businessman Ron Gidwitz, State Senator Bill Brady, and Internet journalist Andy Martin.

Democratic governor Rod Blagojevich is running for re-election and faces a primary challenge from former Chicago alderman Edwin Eisendrath.

TURNOUT

Election officials are predicting turnout could be extraordinarily low. The snow storm hitting the state is one factor.

The election brings the biggest changes in Illinois history: The end of punch-card ballots and a new system of early voting.

MONITORS

Meanwhile, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says 161 teams of assistant attorneys general and investigators will be watching the polls.

Most of those teams, at least 119, will work in the metropolitan Chicago area.

Madigan says the teams will watch activity in and around polling places. They also will investigate allegations of voter fraud or voter irregularities.

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