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News Headlines – November 6, 2018

Last Updated on November 6th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Election Day In Illinois

It’s election day. The marquee race is the contest for governor featuring Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker. Voters will also be deciding contests for congress, state comptroller, state attorney general, all members of the Illinois House and a number of seats in the state Senate.
Polls are open until 7 p.m. The Illinois State Board of Elections says as long as you are in line at 7, you will be able to vote. If you are not registered, you can still register to vote today. And the State Board says it’s okay to take a voting selfie, as long as the picture doesn’t show your ballot.

Forecasters Predicting Cool Down Across Illinois

When the forecast includes the word ‘polar,’ you know a cool down is coming. Forecasters say a chilly blast of polar air is taking aim at the northern half of Illinois. High temperatures that will be in the 40’s today, will fall into the 30’s by Friday and Saturday. The National Weather Service says there’s a chance for snow as soon as Thursday night.

Illinois’ Two U.S. Senators Want IDPH Boss Fired

Both of Illinois’ U.S. senators want Governor Rauner to find a new public health director. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both say the governor should fire Nirav Shah because of the state’s slow response to a water system problem at the Quincy veterans home. There are new reports the water system may have been the cause of the Legionnaires’ outbreak that has killed 14 people since 2015.

Illinois EHD Outbreak Claims 400 Deer

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking deer hunters to help track down EHD cases this fall. The state says this year’s outbreak has already claimed over 400 deer across the state. Most were in counties along the Illinois River. DNR officials say hunters who spot dead deer can report them to the state, and help researchers zero in on the counties hardest hit by the disease.