A referendum question that, if approved, would turn over the functions of Evanston Township to the City of Evanston tops the local issues on Tuesday's election ballot here.
Judging from turnout for early voting at the Evanston Civic Center, neither that nor any of the contests for office on the ballot has stirred up a lot of local interest.
Cook County Clerk David Orr reports that 1,367 people voted early at the Civic Center this year, down 12 percent from the 1,553 who voted earlier in the last gubernatorial primary in 2010.
In 2010, with a hotly contested Democratic primary race for governor, 31.4 percent of Evanston voters turned out — higher than the countywide average of 25.5 percent.
With no major contests on the Democratic ticket this year — Governor Quinn faces only the long-shot opponent Tio Hardiman — it's predictable that turnout in Evanston — where nearly 88 percent of voters took a Democratic ballot last time — is likely to be down this time.
On the Republican ticket four candidates are battling for the gubernatorial nomination.
There are an array of judgeships up for election as well — including three contested races for different seats on the 9th Judicial Subcircuit — each with one candidate who lives in Evanston — Thomas Cushing, Jerry Esrig and Anjana Hansen.
More information on ratings of the judicial candidates by the Chicago Bar Association can be found online.