Area county clerks are reporting 50% and greater voter turnout form Tuesday's mid-term election. Even Iroquois County, with no contested local races, recorded a 52% voter turnout.
"There was so much publicity and advertising about the importance of the election. I think that generated voter interest," Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher said.
Iroquois County had referenda questions in Sheldon and the Crescent-Iroquois school district. Both were defeated. All other county office-holders were un-opposed.
Kankakee County had all sorts of contested matters, county board races and referenda questions.
Voter turnout in Kankakee County was 56%. Ford County and Livingston County turnout came in at 52 and 53%, respectively.
Bruce Rauner was the announced-winner in the Illinois Governor's race. Rauner's victory led the way for several GOP victories across Illinois and the country. Republicans will be in control of the U-S senate when the new Congress convenes in January.