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 Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu. 1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."