Economy, inflation, abortion rights among issues Illinois voters at the polls | Illinois

(The Center Square) — Voters in Illinois are laying out the critical issues leading them to the polls, not just in Tuesday’s primary, but in November’s general election.

Over the weekend, protesters in Chicago marched through the streets in reaction to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling returning the issue of abortions to the states.

“This decision should not stand. Legal abortion on demand,” protesters shouted.

Before a crowd in Chicago over the weekend, Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton said access to abortion must be a major issue for voters.

“Because abortion is health care,” Stratton said in a video posted to Twitter. “And it should be safe and legal and available to anyone who wants it and that’s the future we’re fighting for together.”

At a rally for former President Donald Trump near Quincy on Saturday, several voters spoke out about their issues. Rock Island resident Glen Evans said the economy was a priority.

“You have to bring the economy together,” Evans told The Center Square. “We also need to work on Second Amendment rights, down the line. We have to make sure we do. We did good until Roe v returned. Wade. We just have to keep moving forward. »

Others spoke of the need to ensure border security and election integrity.

Amber Oberheim, whose police officer husband Chris was murdered last year in Champaign, said fighting crime and supporting law enforcement was high on her list.

“It’s my only program right now,” she said. “Would I like to see our state recover from the financial ugliness that has been created? Absolutely. But right now, I care about public safety and the safety of my family from law enforcement and that’s first and foremost. »

At the Trump rally, Independent voter Keirra Purches, a Chicago native and Quincy resident, said there were plenty of issues to ponder on all sides. But, as a 20-year-old voter, her focus is on those seeking employment and looking to address mental health issues.

“I feel like everyone needs to focus more on mental health issues and things like that first,” Purches said. “A lot of great things are happening and there are a lot of things in question, it feels like they are valid, but for the foundation of our planet and future generations to come, we have to make sure we have our minds health under control, which I noticed in 2020, many of us did not have our mental health under control.

Tuesday is the Illinois primary. The midterm general election is November 8.

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