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Voter Participation – It's Primary

January 25, 2010

CHICAGO - With the Illinois primary approaching, voters are reminded to do their research, exercise their civic duty and get out and vote Tuesday, February 2. For those who haven't been paying attention, there is a lot to catch up on and many candidates to learn about.

Jan Dorner, vice president of voter services for the League of Women Voters in Illinois, says the stakes are high.

"It's very serious when you're talking about a state that has a $13 billion deficit and lots of problems."

Dorner says the Illinois economy can't get much worse.

"Our bond rating is 49th. The worst one is California, and then it's us."

There are a lot of candidates to compare before the primary. Dorner says many are vying for that Senate seat left vacant when Barack Obama became President.

"For the Senate, there's five candidates for the Democrats and six for the Republicans. I can guarantee you that a whole lot of people don't even realize that."

The latest state polls show that in the race for Governor, the two Democrats are in a statistical tie, and for the Republicans, three of seven appear to be in contention for the nomination.

Dorner says you can watch or read the debates on the ABC 7 Web site, find out about local races at your county clerk's Web site, or call your local League of Women Voters. As for candidates for judgeships, she says she usually checks the recommendations of the Illinois Bar Association.

The ABC 7 Web site is at: abclocal.go.com

Mary Anne Meyers, Public News Service - IL