By Jim Hagerty
Tuesday, Feb. 18, is the last day Illinoisans can register to vote in order to cast a ballot in the March 18 primary.
Voters can register at county clerk’s offices, board of elections offices, city, township and village offices, public libraries, schools and military recruitment offices.
In the state’s top primary race, four candidates are seeking the GOP nomination to run against Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in November. Illinois Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady join Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Chicago billionaire Bruce Rauner on the primary ballot.
Ex-CeaseFire Director Tio Hardiman is the lone Democrat in the gubernatorial primary. He is running with attorney and motivational speaker Brunell Donald, while Quinn has tapped former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas to run as lieutenant governor. Vallas’ candidacy came after Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced she was stepping down to run for state comptroller.
Locally, seven candidates are running for Winnebago County Sheriff. The office will be vacated Dec. 1 when Sheriff Dick Meyers (D), retires after 48 years in the department. Meyers has been sheriff since 1997.
This is the first year 17-year-olds are able vote, as long as they turn 18 by the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election.