Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth made an Election Day push for votes Tuesday morning at the Rosemont Transit Center.
Duckworth, who is vying to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), greeted transit riders and encouraged them to vote today.
The Kirk v. Duckworth race could prove crucial in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate. The Cook Political Report rates the Illinois U.S. Senate race as leaning Democratic.
"We're confident but we're not taking anything for granted," Duckworth told reporters at the transit station. "We're still pushing hard, campaigning hard. We'll do it all the way through until the polls close. A lot of people have still not yet voted, and we need to make sure that we get people to the polls."
What is Duckworth's key message to Illinoisans today?
"Please go out to vote," she said. "No matter who you think you're gonna vote for, please go out to vote. Make a plan. We have young men and women in harm's way right now all across the world in our military who fought and defended this right, and yet here in the United States, we have the lowest voter turnout rate among the developed nations, and that's shameful. So let's go out to vote."
Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who vacated her 8th congressional district seat in Illinois to run for U.S. Senate, stressed that "every race is important" in this election.
"With everything that's going on at the state, it really brings into play the relationship between the federal, the state -- even the municipal elections are critically important," she said of the other down-ballot races in Illinois. "Of course, our comptroller race is one that we should be keeping our eyes on."
The Illinois comptroller race between incumbent Republican Leslie Munger and Democratic challenger Susana Mendoza has been the most expensive state contest this election cycle. Many view the comptroller race as a proxy war between longtime Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL,5) joined Duckworth at the Rosemont Transit Center. Quigley is in a three-way race with Republican Vince Kolber and Green Party candidate Rob Sherman.
Quigley said it was great to see such an "extraordinary" early voting turnout, which hit record levels in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
"Watching the lines for early voting this last weekend, it's an indication of the interest and the support the election has, and I'm hearing that some people will be waiting hours today to vote," the congressman said. "I'm enthused about that, and I'm just crossing my fingers about the rest of the country."