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What you need to know before you vote

Here’s what you need to know before Election Day Tuesday in Illinois, from key races to ballot amendments, where to vote and more.

Everything you need to know about how to vote in this primary election is here, including early voting, voting by mail and going to the polls on Election Day.

Official ballot for the November 8, 2022 general election in Chicago.

Here Chicago Tribune Editorial BoardSupport for the November 8 election in 2022. See the full list here.

Before the primariesThe editors of “Tribune” asked the candidates a series of questions to inform the voters and bring their support. Here a complete list of these answers.

Governor from the Democratic Party J.  B. Pritzker and Republican Sen. Darren Bailey prepare for the gubernatorial debate in the WGN-TV studios on October 18, 2022.

Governor from the Democratic Party J. Pritzker is seeking a second term against Republican Sen. Darren Bailey, one of the most conservative major-party candidates for Illinois governor in generations. Bailey focused his campaign on crime, the economy and education, while Pritzker tried to convince voters that he had moved the state forward while successfully guiding it through the COVID-19 pandemic. Abortion has also become a major campaign issue following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Republican Thomas DeVore is challenging Illinois Attorney General Democrat Kwame Raul.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a Democrat, is seeking a second term and is being challenged by Republican Tom DeVore, a civil attorney who made a name for himself by filing lawsuits against the state and Pritzker over its school mask mandate and other executive orders after the spread of the coronavirus.

Former state representative and candidate for secretary of state Dan Brady, left, and challenger former Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulios speak with the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 5, 2022.

Former Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a Democrat, is seeking to regain his state seat by running against Republican Rep. Dan Brady for secretary of state. One will replace longtime Secretary of State Jesse White, who is stepping down after 24 years in office. The winner will lead an operation of more than 4,000 staff who monitor driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, track business registrations and maintain an organ and tissue donation registry.

Republican senator candidate Kathy Salvi, left, faces U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth in the November election.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is seeking a second, six-year term against Republican Kathy Salvi. In 2016, Duckworth took the seat previously held by Barack Obama, defeating Republican Mark Kirk. Salvi is an attorney from Mundelein and promotes a conservative agenda, while Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, has become a popular enough politician nationally to be included on President Joe Biden’s running mate list.

Former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran is the Republican nominee for an open Illinois Supreme Court seat.  In November, Curran will face the winner of the Democratic primary, Elizabeth "Liz" Rochford for the 2nd District Superior Court vacancy left open by the retirement of former Chicago Bears kicker Bob Thomas.

Two of the seven seats on the Illinois Supreme Court are up for election, and Republicans have a chance to win a majority for the first time in more than half a century.

Voter Edward Schaefer casts his ballot on the first day of early voting at the Chicago Board of Elections on October 7, 2022.

Should Illinois enshrine workers’ right to unionize and bargain collectively in the state constitution? The question will be the first on ballots across the state.

U.S. Representative Sean Kasten speaks to local constituents during a public event on May 22, 2022 in Western Springs.

Many of the biggest congressional elections took place during the June primaries, but there are still several important contests for the US House of Representatives. Illinois’ 17th congressional district could see a Republican take the seat now in Democratic hands, and many suburban districts will be interesting on Election Day.

  • 17th District: In the race for the US House of Representatives, one of the most important battles is taking place in northwestern Illinois
  • 6th district: In a campaign that has raised social issues, U.S. Rep. Sean Kasten seeks to consolidate power against Keith Peckau
  • 11th district: Abortion, inflation among key issues as challenger Catalina Lauf battles incumbent Bill Foster in the newly elected suburban 11th Congressional District
  • 14th district: GOP candidate Scott Grider says local experience could help him unseat U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood in the race for congressional nominations
  • Seats without candidates for the ballot, 1st, 3rd and 13th electoral districts: Candidates are vying for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives without candidates up for election
  • Places where incumbents have an electoral advantage2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 16th congressional districts: The redrawn Illinois congressional election map gives most incumbents have an electoral advantage over incumbents, but issues like the economy, crime, abortion can also matter
Cook County Council President Tony Preckwinkle and former challenger chairman Bob Fioretti to the Tribune on Jan. 24, 2018.

Every county office in Cook County, as well as each of the 17 seats on the Cook County Council, is up for election during this general election. Heading the list is President Toni Preckwinkle, who is seeking a fourth term in office against former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti, who is running as a Republican. A Cook County forest preserve referendum is also on the ballot.


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