Suburbs, 14 Chicago wards head to polls

April 5, 2011

(WBEZ/file)

Polls open around Illinois at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.

The media glare's been a bit less bright since Rahm Emanuel breezed past his opponents to win the Chicago mayor's office without a runoff. But much more has to be settled.

Voters in 14 Chicago wards - from the South Side to the far North side - will pick their aldermen.

In suburban Cook County, more than 700 elected posts are up for grabs. Nineteen mayors or village presidents will be elected - in Country Club Hills, Schaumburg, Oakbrook and more.

Also, more than two dozen referenda are before suburban Cook voters, with ten of them focusing on property taxes, and two that focus on block parties.

Polls close at 7 o'clock tonight.