What to know before election day

From six people seeking the GOP nomination for governor to existing members of Congress Democratic and Republican in newly created congressional districts, Cook County’s elected officials are trying to hold on to their seats in the 2022 primary. Elections have been busy.

Here’s what to know ahead of Tuesday’s primary election day, including a voter’s guide to help you navigate it all.

There are six candidates in the running to be the Republican nominee to challenge Democratic Governor JB Pritzker in November as well as fundraising of tens of millions of dollars, notably from one person not on the ballot—Illinois’ wealthiest man and Pritzker nemesis, Ken Griffin.


First-term Attorney General Kwame Raul, a Democrat, will face off against either a soft-spoken North Shore attorney who has previously run for statewide office twice and lost, or a Southern Illinois civil attorney who’s known for his anti-mask, Best known for the antagonist. Vaccine excitement.

Longtime Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White is not running for re-election. That leaves it to hold the seat and a fierce battle erupts between Democrats, while GOP candidates present a very different point of view.


The Tribune has put together the most comprehensive collection of Illinois stories analyzing issues in the state’s Congressional race. Who will replace US Representative Bobby Rush? Who will win the new third Congressional District seat? And what’s at stake in the two races – 6th and 15th – that pit current Democrats and Republicans against each other?

  • First District: In the race to replace U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, candidates try to break up chaos in a densely crowded field
  • Third District: Illinois’s Latest Latino Congressional District Brings Heavily Competitive, Divided Democratic Approaches
  • Sixth District: A bitter and sometimes awkward battle between two incumbent Democrats has them fighting for their political lives
  • 7th District: A young progressive from Chicago challenges an established liberal for Congress in a race that reflects the Democratic Party’s divisions
  • 11th and 14th districts: GOP candidates line up to challenge Underwood, Foster in two closely watched congressional districts
  • 15th District: Trump Factor Rises Downstate’s Race for Congress
  • Suburban Roundup: Incumbent Democrat Krishnamurthy faces challenge in 8th district primary, while 5 candidates battle for GOP nomination

Cook County has three major races in this primary election—the county board president, sheriff, and assessor. Board Chairman Tony Prekwinkle is attempting to win his fourth term in office; Tom Dart is competing to remain as sheriff, a position he has held since 2006; And first-timer Fritz Keggi is hoping to be re-elected for the first time.

  • Presidential race: Tony Prekwinkle defends her criminal justice record as primary rival Richard Boykin claims she is ‘pandering’ to discredit the police movement
  • Sheriff: Tom Dart’s adversaries are trying to link crime to crime spikes, but their biggest issue is just sticking to the ballot
  • Sheriff: Challenger to Tom Dart beat primary ballot forever; Long battle ends in Illinois Supreme Court
  • Assessors: Ethics and lobbying become a focus in Cook County assessor’s race
  • Determinant: Candidate Kari Steele Apologizes But Says She ‘Shouldn’t Wear a Jacket’ for Anti-Semitism on Husband’s Radio Show
  • Determinant: Race heats up with $1 million contribution to challenger in Democratic primary
  • Assessor: Cook County Assessor Fritz Keggi rated the property tax assessment better; Challenger Kari Steele says he broke reform promises, created ‘chaos’

Here’s everything you need to know about how to vote in this primary election, including early voting, mail-in voting, and going to the polls on Election Day.

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