Polls busy, but lines short in many suburbs

  • Peter Roskam votes at Wellspring Alliance Church on Tuesday in Wheaton.

      Peter Roskam votes at Wellspring Alliance Church on Tuesday in Wheaton. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Voters line up outside Wellspring Alliance Church in Wheaton on Tuesday.

      Voters line up outside Wellspring Alliance Church in Wheaton on Tuesday. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Voters head into A.M.E. Church in Lisle on Tuesday.

      Voters head into A.M.E. Church in Lisle on Tuesday. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/8/2016 2:00 PM

Millions of people across the country head to the polls today to elect the next president of the United States.

In the suburbs, voters will also be electing state and county officials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Here's the latest on what's happening in the suburbs:

12:19 p.m.: Arlington Heights

At the Forest View Educational Center, many voters said they couldn't wait for the end of negative commercials, poisonous fliers and heated rhetoric.

"It's been all over the news ... people are getting sick of the advertisements and all the political talks. Now it's a waiting game," said Renato Pualengco, a supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

10:11 a.m.: Addison

There were no lines but a steady stream of cars carrying voters came and went from the Addison Park District's Links and Tees Golf Facility.

Voters trended Republican, which is not surprising given that Addison Township is one of DuPage County's GOP strongholds, but Democratic turnout was evident.

Jan Schwagart didn't want to say who she voted for but was proud to be voting. "It's an obligation and it's a right that we have to do and that's great," she said. Her husband backed Republican Donald Trump.

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9 a.m.: Ken Bone votes downstate

Ken Bone has voted, but he's not revealing his choice for president.

The mustachioed, sweater-wearing Bone became an internet sensation after the second presidential debate. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Bone stood in line about 30 minutes Tuesday morning to vote at a church in the village of Shiloh, Illinois.

Bone did several interviews while in line to vote, including one with a Canadian radio station and another with the BBC. He wasn't wearing his red sweater, opting instead for a blue vest over a gray shirt.

He says he's keeping his choice private because he'd rather emphasize the importance of getting to the polls.

6 a.m.: Polls open

Polls opened on an overcast election day throughout the suburbs. If early voting is any indication, be prepared to stand in line. People waited in line about 45 minutes to vote Monday afternoon at the Lake County Government Center in Waukegan. Lines are expected to be longer today.

• The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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