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Local Election

Election Day in the Sauk Valley

Illinois has committed to go forward with Tuesday's primary election amid coronavirus concerns, and here's a few things voters should know before heading to the polls.

Stay home if you're sick and don't risk infecting others.

Polling locations are making extra preparations, including having hand sanitizer available and regularly disinfecting voting areas.

"This is the right thing to do," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. "Our democracy needs to go on, we need to elect leaders."

The primary is likely to see a dip in voter turnout because of the spread of COVID-19, but the governor said they are seeing record numbers for early voting.

In Whiteside County's only contested race, seven men are running for five spots for County Board District 3.

Republicans Charles Brown Jr., Chad Weaver, Howard “Bud” Thompson, John Piersol, Douglas E. Crandall, Mark Hamilton and Larry Russell are vying for the slots.

The only Democratic candidate for that district is Cynthia Mead.

Russell, Thompson, Crandall, Hamilton and Mead are incumbents.

The other main contested race in the Sauk Valley has two Republicans squaring off in a bid for Ogle County state’s attorney.

Incumbent Eric Morrow, 44, of Oregon is running against Mike Rock, 53, of Byron, who held the job as interim state’s attorney in 2013-14, and was defeated by Morrow in his bid to retain the job.

There's no Democratic challenger on Tuesday's ballot.

In addition to 5 years as state’s attorney, Morrow was in private practice with Smith & Morrow from 2002 to 2014, and before that was an assistant Ogle County state’s attorney from 2000 to 2002. 

Rock, now chief of staff of the Winnebago County state’s attorney office, was first assistant to the state’s attorney in Ogle County from 2010 to 2013 before being unanimously appointed interim state’s attorney by the county board when Ben Roe became a judge. Rock was in private practice from 2000 to 2010. 

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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