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>>More Than One Million Votes Already Cast In Illinois

(Chicago, IL)  --  More than one million Illinois voters will skip the lines at polling places today.  State elections officials say early voting has become pretty popular.  Still, officials say all indications point to a lower voter turnout than 2008, when nearly 72-percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

>>Voter Hotline Available

(Chicago, IL)  --  There are several hotlines available to Illinois voters who may have questions or complaints about the elections process today.  The State Board of Elections will be fielding the calls.  In Chicago, voters can call 312-263-7367.  Another line is available for downstate voters.  That number is 217-782-4141.  The Attorney General's office will also have more than 170 investigators at polling places to ensure things go smoothly.

>>Voters To Weigh In On Conceal Carry

(Mercer County, IL)  --  Voters in several Illinois counties will weigh in on whether people should have a right to carry a gun.  Mercer County Board member Brian Anseeuw collected more than 500 signatures to get the issue placed on the ballot.  He says people are speaking very clearly about wanting their right to bear arms.  Lawmakers have tried several times to pass the measure but failed, but they say they're closer than ever before.  Illinois is the only state in the nation that doesn't allow some form of conceal carry.

>>Gas Prices Low Despite Sandy

(Springfield, IL)  --  Gas prices are down in Illinois, despite concerns they would go up after Hurricane Sandy.  GasBuddy.com's Gregg Laskowski  says gas prices typically drop this time of year.  He says costs are low because winter blend gas is cheaper to produce than summer blend gas, plus, he says the demand for gasoline is low right now.  Laskowski says gas is still six cents higher now than this time last year.

>>Poet, Activist To Speak In Springfield

(Springfield, IL)  --  Poet and Activist Nikki Giovanni will be in Springfield this Friday.  She's speaking at the Illinois Counselor's Associations annual convention at the Hilton.  Giovanni is a world-class poet who's got several awards under her belt, including the NAACP Image Awards for Literature, the Langston Hughes award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts and Letters.  Her keynote speech is open to the public.  Tickets are 30-bucks apiece and can be purchased at IlCounseling.org.

 

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