Stateline Voters: Five Election Day races to watch

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STATELINE (WIFR) -- As voters head to the polls to cast their votes, several races for state and local positions offer anticipation around the Stateline.

Election Day polls close at 7 p.m. in Illinois. 23 News will have updates on the races on-air and online throughout the night.

Here are five prominent races to follow on Election Day, briefly summed up with the candidates and their agendas.

GOVERNOR:

Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner is running for a second term against Democrat challenger J.B. Pritzker. The two raised more than $255 million in their campaigns with Pritzker raising almost twice as much as Rauner, according to the Daily Herald​. Illinois' budget deficit could be a major factor in deciding the governor race.

ATTORNEY GENERAL:

Democrat Kwame Raoul and Republican Erika Harold are running for an open attorney general seat. Raoul is a state senator pushing for stronger healthcare. Harold says she would like to see improvements to public corruption if chosen.

16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:

Republican incumbent Adam Kinzinger faces Democrat challenger Sara Dady. Kinzinger's main priorities are U.S. energy policy and national security. Dady hopes to invest in community safety, universal health care, and protection of worker's rights.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY CLERK:

A newly-vacant spot is up for grabs between Democrat Paul Gorski and Republican Lori Gummow. Gorski hopes his two decades of experience in local board positions would help him in the role. Gummow says she believes she can effectively run the clerk's office as the former executive director of nonprofit Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY SHERIFF:

Four-year officer Gary Caruana is up for re-election against challenger Bob Springer. Both candidates have different ideas for dealing with a budget deficit. Caruana does not want to reduce resources despite the deficit, while Springer says he would not want the department to spend extra money.