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, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.