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AARP Voter Guide Sorts Out Political Hodgepodge in Illinois

PHOTO: Illinois voters can go online to www.aarp.org/yourvote to find nonpartisan information about candidates' positions on key election issues. Photo courtesy: AARP.
PHOTO: Illinois voters can go online to www.aarp.org/yourvote to find nonpartisan information about candidates' positions on key election issues. Photo courtesy: AARP.
October 14, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinoisians head to the polls three weeks from today for the 2014 midterm elections.

For voters who feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of campaign adds and negative advertising, it can be hard to figure out the candidates' true positions on critical policy matters.

One organization providing a nonpartisan resource to navigate this year's races is AARP.

According to Heather Heppner, AARP Illinois associate state director for communications, the 2014 AARP Voter Guide provides information on Illinois' senate, congressional, gubernatorial, and other statewide races - and in the candidates' own words.

"A lot of our members tell us it's difficult to find objective, factual information about where candidates stand on important issues," she says. "So we've used this 'in your own words' section to try and drill that down."

Voters can go online to the guide and type in their street address to find a sample ballot from their own district. Heppner says nonpartisan organizations like AARP do not endorse candidates, but offer the guide as part of ongoing voter education efforts.

She adds this year's Voter Guide covers topics that are "top of mind" for Illinoisans over age 50, but are also important for younger voters.

"On the federal level those issues include things like Medicare and Social Security and financial security," she says. "On the state level those include financial security, utility costs, caregiving issues, home and community based services."

The guide is online at www.aarp.org/your vote.

Besides dozens of state and federal Congressional seats, Illinois voters will also choose a Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State when they go to the polls on Nov. 4.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IL