March 19, 2024

Illinois Primary Live: Social Media Posts From Throughout the Day

By The Red Line Project Staff

With the presidential nominees all but set, attention turns to local races and issues for the Illinois primary election. Progressive candidates and causes are at the center of Democratic primary ballot while Republicans, independents and other parties sort out their races. Tune in here throughout the day and evening for updates from polling locations, campaigning, election night parties and more.

Our team of Red Line Project reporters coverd two key races: Cook County State’s Attorney and the 7th District US House of Representatives. They also covered candidates campaigning at Manny’s Deli, a Chicago tradition. A feature story on Manny’s is to come, including a dust-up with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Read more in our primary preview section.


Cook County State’s Attorney

Eileen O’Neill Burke stopped short of claiming victory in the hotly contested race with Clayyton Harris III Tuesday night, but she held a 12,000 vote lead with 98 percent of precincts reporting. O’Neill Burke, a former apellate court judge, built a $3.5 million war chest funded by Chicago business owners, unions and suburban Republicans. She built a 30,000 vote lead early in the night before Harris III chipped away at it.


7th District US House of Representatives

Incumbent Danny Davis’s dominant win sends him to the general election in November. Davis, 82, has held the office since 1997.


4th District US House of Representatives

Incumbent Chuy Garcia easily won over Lopez. The race was not without controversy as Garcia complained that Lopez brougnt food and envelopes of money to election judges.


‘Bring Chicago Home’ Ballot Question

The controversial real estate transfer tax question, which was kicked off the ballot by one court but reinstated by an apellate court, would have given the City Council the power to raise property taxes on homes worth over $1 million to fund homeless programs. Opponents of the measure said it would create havoc in the real-estate industry. If passed, it would still face City Council approval, more legal battles and approval by Mayor Brandon Johnson, who strongly supports it.


US President

As expected, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump easily won their races.


Voter Turnout


Election Day Updates From Polling Sites and Manny’s Deli

 

 


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