Illinois polling places closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with ballots now being tallied in several Quad-Cities counties.
Voting in Rock Island County appeared to be the heaviest Tuesday morning in the city of Rock Island and in South Moline Township, according to the Rock Island County Clerk's office.
Three candidates are running for mayor in Rock Island and there are contested aldermanic elections in the 1st and 5th wards. There also are contested in South Rock Island, Rock Island and Moline townships.
Rock Island Chief Deputy Clerk John Brown said turnout has been "very minimal" in parts of the county without contested local elections.
He said there was no indication that the referendum on the Rock Island County Public Building Commission would increase turnout in rural parts of the county and municipalities that don't have contested elections.
In addition to local races, voters in Henry and Mercer counties also cast ballots on a 1 percent sales tax, the proceeds of which would be divided proportionally among county schools based on the number of students each has.
For results from Tuesday's ballots, check back with QCOnline.com or pick up copies of Wednesday's issues of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.