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Super Tuesday “Supper Issues” for IL

February 5, 2008

Springfield, IL – Voter turnout for Super Tuesday in Illinois could be as high as 40 percent, according to several county clerks, a figure that would be double that of four years ago.

The reasons for the expected higher turnout range from tight Presidential races to increased interest because one of Illinois' own, Senator Barack Obama, is running.

AARP state director Bob Gallo says Illinois residents have some research to do, because the decisions aren't easy.

"Be aware of where the candidates stand on the issues of most importance to them, and two of those issues that individuals in Illinois have been telling us they're concerned about are financial security and health care."

Gallo says signs that the economy is faltering are of special concern to those in the 45 and over set, who made up 60 percent of voters in Illinois four years ago.

"Pension plans are starting to go away from many organizations and people feel vulnerable, they're not sure if they're ever going to be able to retire."

AARP has joined with labor and business groups to try to bring U.S. focus back to domestic issues, and the coalition offers non-partisan information on candidate views.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IL