Illinois voters head to polls to cast early ballots ahead of November contest



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CHICAGO — Voters across Illinois are casting early ballots.

Early voting started Monday and runs through Nov. 2, two days before the midterm elections.

County clerks in several regions are reporting similar turnout to years past with a steady stream at some spots. Other places have seen only a handful.

Illinois Board of Elections officials say almost 381,000 people voted early in 2010's general election.

Clerk Julie Sauerbrunn of southern Illinois' Pulaski County says turnout is on par with previous years. Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney says there's been an increase in the request for mail ballots.

Campaigns are pushing early voting, particularly in the race between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

President Barack Obama stumped for Quinn in Chicago and said he voted Monday for Quinn.

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