ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — It’s Illinois Primary election day as voters from across the state went to the polls to vote for their candidates for governor, some major races in the U.S. House of Representatives, and several local representatives.

Primary elections are traditionally held in March, but last year, state lawmakers passed a bill that moved it to June due to new state congressional map redistricting.

10:45 p.m.

Alexi Giannoulias wins Democratic nomination for Illinois Secretary of State

10:25 p.m.

Dan Brady wins Republican nomination for Illinois Secretary of State.

Alexi Giannoulias (53.10%) leads Democratic rivals for Illinois Secretary of State.

10:13 p.m.

Eric Sorenson wins Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Illinois 17th Congressional seat

9:35 p.m.

Esther Joy King wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Illinois’ 17th Congressional seat, vacated by Rep. Cheri Bustos.

Eric Sorenson (37%) leads the closest challenger, former Rep. Litesa Wallace (23.21%) for the Democratic nomination. Rockford Alderman Jonathan Logeman (14.3%) has conceded the race.

9:34 p.m.

Gov. Pritzker speaks after winning Democratic nomination for Governor. WATCH NOW

9:17 p.m

Darin LaHood wins the Republican nomination for U.S. House in Illinois’ 16th Congressional District.

“Thank you to the Republican voters in the 16th Congressional District for delivering us a resounding victory in the primary election. It’s clear that 16th District voters want a strong conservative voice and local advocate in Congress who will defend our Midwestern values. I look forward to the work ahead to earn the trust of 16th District voters in the general election this November,” he said in a statement.

8:46 p.m.

Former TV meteorologist Eric Sorenson (33.63%) now leads former Rep. Litesa Wallace (29.86%) and Rockford Alderman Jonathan Logeman (16.20%) in the Democratic contest for Rep. Cheri Bustos’ vacant Congressional seat.

On the Republican side, Esther Joy King (68.78%) leads challenger Charles Helmick (31.22%) for the nomination.

8:27 p.m.

The Associated Press predicts Sen. Darren Bailey is projected to win the Republican nomination for Illinois Governor.


8:10 p.m.

Sen. Dave Syverson (71.43%) leads Eli Nicolosi (28.57%) in the race for IL Congressional District 35.

Rep. John Cabello (73.54%) leads Mark Szula (26.46%) in the race for IL House District 90.

Lorri Gummow (75.65%) leads fellow Republican Michael Delgado (24.35%) for Winnebago County Clerk.

Steve Schultz (58.33%) leads Randy Johnson (41.67%) for Winnebago County Treasurer.

8:08 p.m.

Dan Brady (77.23%) leads John Milhiser (22.77%) in the race for the Republican Secretary of State nomination.

Alexi Giannoulias (48.69%) leads Anna Valencia (38.19%), David Moore (9.63%) and Sidney Moore (3.48%) for the Democratic Secretary of State nomination.

7:40 p.m.

Gov. Pritzker’s campaign releases a statement after securing the Democratic nomination:

“Four years ago, Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton told Illinoisians they would work tirelessly to put Springfield back on the side of working families––and today’s resounding primary victory is proof that voters are eager to continue this progress,” said JB for Governor spokeswoman Natalie Edelstein. “They’ve passed bold legislation to raise the minimum wage, improve our roads and bridges, protect reproductive rights, expand access to health care, child care, and education, and get our state’s fiscal house in order. They’ve eliminated our bill backlog, earned six credit upgrades for Illinois, and rebuilt state government after it was hollowed out by Republican Bruce Rauner. And in the face of rising right-wing extremism, Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton are the only candidates ready to fight back to protect the rights of women, Black and brown Americans, our LGBTQ+ neighbors, union workers, and every Illinoisan who wishes to live a life of their own design. Governor Pritzker and Lt. Governor Stratton understand what is at stake in November and remain committed to making government work for working families.” 

7:34 p.m.

The Associated Press predicts JB Pritzker will win Democratic nomination for governor in Illinois primary election

7:28 p.m.

Litesa Wallace (36.10%) leads in the race for U.S. Congressional District 17 in early polling returns over Eric Sorenson (23.35%), Jonathan Logemann (11.06%) and other challengers.

On the Republican side, Esther Joy King (51.25%) leads Charles Helmick (48.75%).

7:18 p.m.

Early returns show Sen. Darren Bailey (47.19%) leading Richard Irvin (22.56%) in the contest for the Republican nomination for Illinois Governor.

Incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker leads his party’s nomination (93.41%) against Chicago nurse Beverly Miles (6.59%).

7 p.m

The polls are now closed. First polling numbers are expected soon.

6:30 p.m.

For the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, Jesse White decided not to seek re-election as Illinois’ Secretary of State. He has held the position since 1998, the longest-serving in state history.

There are four Democrats hoping to succeed White: former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Chicago entrepreneur Sidney Moore, Chicago alderman David Moore, and Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia.

Two Republicans, Rep. Dan Brady and attorney John Milhiser, are seeking the position.

6:20 p.m.

One of the biggest races in the local area is the 17th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D), after she decided not to run again.

There are six Democrats hoping to take over for her, including two from Rockford.

Jonathan Logemann is currently a Rockford alderman.

Litesa Wallace is a former member of the Illinois House.

Joining them in the contest is Rock Island County Board Member Angie Normoyle, former TV meteorologist Eric Sorenson, community advocate Marsha Williams, and cannabis policy expert Jaqueline McGowan.

Two Republicans are competing to take on that candidate: lawyer Esther Joy King and small business owner Charlie Hemlick, Jr.

A new face will represent the 16th Congressional District after Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) announced he would not run after his district was redrawn.

Currently, Darin LaHood (R-18th) is the favorite to replace him. Others on the ballot include attorney JoAnne Guillemette, engineer Walt Peters, and business owner Michael Rebresh.

There are no Democrats running, but Bradley Horges, Jr. is running as an Independent.

6:15 p.m

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is hoping to secure another term. Chicago nurse Beverly Miles is challenging him in the primary.

Pritzker cast his ballot at his Chicago polling place earlier Tuesday, telling reporters that critical rights need to be protected in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.

“Everything we care about is on the ballot this year. Not just reproductive rights, which we know the Supreme Court’s taken away now in other states. We got to preserve them here, but, also, civil rights,” Pritzker said. “I hope we get some good results and most importantly we got to go take on the Republicans and beat them in November.”

6 p.m.

In the race for the Republican party nomination for governor, recent polls say Sen. Darren Bailey has taken the lead from early front-runner, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin.

Bailey has won six surveys taken over the past month, and was endorsed by former President Donald Trump at a speaking engagement on Saturday.

Bailey opposed Gov. Pritzker’s COVID-19 measures during the pandemic and successfully sued the governor over his stay-at-home order.

Irvin, a former prosecutor before becoming mayor, was seen as a top candidate when he joined the race, but he has lost ground due to repeated attacks from his rivals and Pritzker. Irvin campaigned on a pro-police and anti-crime platform.

Political experts say the race will act as a litmus test for Illinois Republicans. If Bailey wins, they believe it could signal a big power shift in the party, changing the state from being dominated by Chicago-region politicians to downstate Republicans, and also adjusting the ideology to match a more Trump-like GOP.

Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus for University of Illinois Springfield, said, “When we’ve had fights over control of the Republican Party, it’s been a downstate-versus-suburban kind of regional fight. Ideologically, we were conservative, but, you know, not extreme. It was not as ideological. This is a very ideological contest.”

Bailey has been telling his supporters at campaign stops that he is competing as much against his own party as he is the Democrats.