Tomorrow is a day of choices. You can choose to be a Republican or a Democrat. You can choose Hillary or Bernie. You can choose The Donald, Ted, Marco or John. You can choose not to participate. You can choose to participate at the last minute — same-day voter registration is now the law in Illinois.
But isn’t it nice to have choices? Too often the politics of safe, comfortable status quo give us no contested elections — 60 percent of our statehouse folks, who after 256 days still can’t pass a 2016 budget, faced no election opposition.
Both Republicans and Democrats have primary choices for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mark Kirk. Kirk faces James Marter and the Democrats running are Tammy Duckworth, Napoleon Harris and Andrea Zopp. There are primary races for the 15th Congressional District, with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus facing state Sen. Kyle McCarter, and the for 13th Congressional District, with U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis facing Ethan Vandersand.
St. Clair, Madison and Monroe counties all have primary races for county board seats — call it head-nodder rehabilitation therapy. Madison County has a Democratic race for recorder candidate. Monroe County has state’s attorney primaries for both parties and a Republican race for coroner.
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Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, if you care to choose.