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.
Traffic is reportedly moving again along eastbound Interstate 64 near Mascoutah. Illinois State Police shut down the highway about 6:30 p.m. after a three-vehicle crash near Illinois Route 4.
St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Curtis Schildknecht tells the Belleville News-Democrat that one person was killed in the rollover accident. The name of the victim hasn't been released pending notification of family members.
Eastbound 64 drivers spent as much as three hours stuck on the highway before cars were turned around and guided off the interstate at Illinois Route 158.
Accident reconstruction crews completed their on-site investigation and one lane of the interstate was reopened to traffic by 11 p.m.
It's not clear what caused the accident.