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   Illinois voters are going to the polls Tuesday to choose a Republican challenger to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.  Billionaire businessman Bruce Rauner is leading in the polls and fundraising heading into today's primary election against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.  

   The race has drawn intense interest from labor unions after Rauner said he would model his governorship after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who championed anti-union legislation.  Dillard is seen by many as the more union-friendly alternative.

   Quinn isn't unchallenged for the Democratic nomination.  He's expected to win his party's primary over the lesser-known political activist Tio Hardiman.

   Besides nominees for Governor, voters will also choose party candidates for U.S. Senator, Lieutenant Governor, State Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer, U.S. House members - All 18 Districts, State Senators in 19 districts, State Representatives in all 118 districts along with several judgeships, county and regional officials.   

   Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.   

 

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   You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the many St. Patrick's Day events planned for the St. Louis area this weekend.  
   Would-be revelers heading to the St. Patrick's Day run and parade in Downtown St. Louis  Saturday are encouraged to ride MetroLink or MetroBus to avoid the hassles of parking, closed streets and traffic jams.
   Metro also advises St. Louis residents that some bus routes will be affected by the Ancient Order of Hibernians    St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dogtown Monday.  A list of the affected bus lines can be found at the Metro St. Louis website.
   Get more information about St. Patrick's Day holiday events at the CVC's website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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