Update: As of 9:15 Jim Oberweis is holding a rather large lead over Douglas Truax in the senate race. 68 percent counted Oberweis 56% to Truax 44%
With 71% of the vote counted, Bruce Rauner holds a slight edge over Kirk Dillard 40% to 38%
The GOP side of the primary has brought the most interest this year with 4 candidates running for the governor slot and two for the senate spot on the November ballot.
The man some consider the front runner, Bruce Rauner faces challenges by 2 state senators-Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard and rounded out by state treasurer Dan Rutherford. Interestingly Dillard is being supported by former governor Jim Edgar and state labor unions who have poured money into his advertising campaign. The unions hope that Dillard will edge out Rauner who they fear will be a Scott Walker type governor.
In the senate race the ballot pitts Jim Oberweis against Doug Truax. Oberweis has run for state office in the past while Truax has not.
Current governor, democrat Pat Quinn should have no problem in the primary. He also is the beneficiary of union money. His opponent is Tio Hardiman, a former leader of a Chicago anti-violence group who was dismissed after being arrested for domestic battery. That charge was later dropped.