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, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.