The Illinois primary is Tuesday, an election when typically few people go to the polls. We hope this time it's different. A low turnout would be a shame given all the important questions.
Republicans, for example, will select the party's nominee for governor to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in November and for U.S. senator to challenge Dick Durbin. On the Democratic side in Madison County, Sheriff Bob Hertz faces a challenge from a former employee, John Lakin.
Madison and St. Clair County voters will decide whether to raise taxes to renovate their jails. Voters in Grant School District 110 in Fairview Heights will decide whether to increase taxes, a question that could determine the district's future existence.
If you want a say in government and how it spends your money, go to the polls. If you don't participate, don't complain about the results.