- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Any Illinoisan who’s not registered to vote had better hurry if they want to cast a ballot in the March 18 primary elections.

Tuesday is the deadline.

Voters will have a chance to vote for their party’s nomination for governor, among other statewide elected offices.

This is the first year that 17-year-olds will be able to vote. They must be 18 by the Nov. 4 General Election to qualify.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says nearly a thousand 17-year-olds have registered to vote in Cook County alone.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking re-election. He faces a primary challenge from activist Tio Hardiman.

Four Republicans are running for their party’s gubernatorial nomination. They are Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd), businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady.

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