McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes said voters were at her office when the doors opened at 8:00 am for the first day of early voting on October 22.
DeJaynes said early voting should help ease the rush on election day (November 6).
“I do not think we will have lines for election day. Really the only places that we have ever had lines are in the college precincts and early voting at the university has cured that problem,” DeJaynes said.
The incumbent for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is John Sullivan (D-Rushville). He is completing his third term in the Senate.
Sullivan said progress has been made during his time in the Legislature but there is more to do, which is why he is running for a fourth term.
Sullivan said NTN Bower in Macomb and Farmland Foods in Monmouth have expanded while he's been in office and Pella brought a new plant to Macomb. He said the state offers job creation incentives and he's worked to make sure some of that money has come to his district.
The challenger for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is Randy Frese (R-Paloma). He is completing his second term as Adams County Circuit Clerk.
Frese said he is running for the Senate because state leaders are squandering opportunities for future generations, including his three daughters.
"We are just tremendously over our heads in debt in this state. There is not an area you can turn to that isn't getting paid or is backlogged for their payment. It's terrible," Frese said. "It's sad to see what's happening to the state of Illinois."
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