Early voting begins for the March 18 primary begins across Illinois today. At the top of the ballot on the Republican side is the race for US Senate, where state Senator Jim Oberweis and businessman Doug Truax are facing off. State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, meanwhile, are vying to be the GOP nominee for governor. On the Democratic side, Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking re-election against little-known challenger Tio Hardiman. There also are scores of contested races for U.S. Congress and for the Legislature. Voters are required by state law to show a government-issued ID before they can receive a ballot. The last day to vote early is March 18.
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