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April 10, 2013

Voters come out to cast ballots in Illinois


BERWYN (AP) — Illinois election officials say turnout is low in some areas as voters head to the polls for municipal elections and one special election for Congress.

Tuesday's contests are for mayor and school board, among other offices. Cook County Clerk David Orr says things were a bit slow in some Chicago suburbs, but busier in areas with highly contested races, like Country Club Hills and Ford Heights. Some suburbs reported roughly 20 percent turnout, which is typical for a municipal contest.

Voting in Chicago is especially slow.

Chicago had municipal elections in 2011, but some city neighborhoods are in the former district of Jesse Jackson Jr. Early estimates show turnout among city voters for the special election was roughly 8 percent. It was expected to be 12 percent by day's end.


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