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Tuesday, March 18 Update

By Sade Carpenter

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

1. Election Day: Complications at the Polls, Officials Predict Low Turnout
Election day has been plagued with polling stations opening late, missing election judges and problems with voting equipment, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners were deciding whether to take court action in order to force the impacted precincts to stay open late, said Jim Allen, spokesman for the election board. Officials say they are also concerned about the low voter turnout for this primary election. Compared to the 2010 election, early voting has dropped by about 22 percent.

2. Republicans Voting Up, Democrats Down
Election officials are seeing higher rates of Republican voters casting ballots than Democrats in some Chicago suburbs, the Chicago Tribune reports. "It looks like a significant majority of voters are pulling GOP ballots in early voting," said David Orr, Cook County Clerk. "I don't think we have ever seen that before." New electronic poll books show that 7,500 out of 13,000 voters in Cook County suburbs this morning took Republican ballots, he said.

3. Gov. Pat Quinn to Air Political Ad Tonight
In what is considered an unusual campaign tactic, Gov. Quinn has purchased commercial time to air ads on major Chicago stations tonight, according to CBS 2. An incumbent candidate rarely runs ads for the General Election on the night of the primary, and tonight’s ads may run before voters know the GOP candidate. Gov. Quinn will face State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford or Bruce Rauner.

4. Poor Sidewalks: City Pays Millions to Settle Trip-and-Fall Lawsuits
Chicago faced 485 trip-and-fall sidewalk lawsuits in the past six years, spending  $6 million between 2008 and 2013 in related settlements and judgments, NBC 5 Investigates reports. The story says the city spent nearly $18 million improving the sidewalks in 2013, much more than the amount paid for settlements. The Chicago Stumbler, a Tumblr blog produced by DePaul journalism students, features photos of these hazardous neighborhood sidewalks and worked with NBC 5 on the report. Video:

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Monday, March 17 Update

By Sade Carpenter

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014

1. Georgia Murder Suspect Had History of Violence
The murder suspect arrested Sunday night after a police standoff on Lake Shore Drive allegedly threatened to kill his wife on multiple occasions, authorities say. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Sheray Felton requested an order of protection against her husband, Joseph Andrew Felton, in 2011 and 2013. Previously charged with attempted murder in 1990 and 1999, Felton was sentenced to 13 years in prison in the latter case. Despite his 2010 release, Felton returned to the Illinois Department of Corrections for parole violations.

2. Republican Candidates Campaign in Eleventh Hour
Republican governor candidates got in some last-minute campaigning this weekend in preparation for Tuesday’s primary election. State Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady hit the suburbs for St. Patrick’s Day events, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We're just about getting our vote out," Brady told the Tribune. "As long as we get our vote out, we're going to win on Tuesday." Both candidates attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Naperville, and Dillard also had plans to attend a senior citizen event in Bolingbrook.

3. Police Find Missing Girl’s Body in Riverdale
A body found in south suburban Riverdale has been identified as 19-month-old Ameriah Roberson, according to NBC Chicago. Roberson, of the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, was reported missing Sunday night. Her death was ruled a homicide after autopsy reports revealed a subdural hematoma and assault as the cause of death.

4. March Madness Begins
Selection Sunday is behind us and the 68 teams for the 2014 NCAA Tournament is set. But this year, no teams from Indiana or Illinois are in the Big Dance. Florida was the No. 1 overall seed after winning the SEC Tournament. Arizona, Wichita State and Virginia earned the other three No. 1 seeds. The two play-in games will be on March 18 and 19 in Dayton, Ohio. Click here to print your 2014 bracket.

Bonus read: Be sure to watch NBC 5 News Investigates tonight at 10 as reporter Chris Coffey examines the city's poor sidewalk conditions.

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