Knox County voters headed to the polls for contested primaries on Tuesday


Illinois voters will head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections that will set candidates for 2022 elections which include Knox County Sheriff, Knox County Resident Judge, and both state and U.S. representatives.

There’s a primary between Republican State Rep. Dan Swanson and upstart candidate Matthew Rauschert. 22-year-old Rauschert has no political experience but has a lot of cash and advocates a more aggressive populist more of conservatism.

Alpha’s Swanson is running for his 4th term after he succeeded Don Moffitt in 2016.

There’s a whole host of candidates vying to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, who announced she’s retiring.

Six candidates are running on the Democratic side, including former State Rep. Litesa Wallace, Rockford Aldermen Jonathan Logemann, and former Quad Cities TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen.

Wallace would become the first black woman to represent the 17th, while Sorensen would be Illinois’ first openly gay Congressperson.

On the Republican side of this race, Esther Joy King, who lost to Bustos in 2020, will be opposed by Charle Helmick.

There’s a Democratic primary for the Resident Knox County Judge seat. The contest there is between Knox County Chief Public Defender David Hansen and longtime Galesburg-area attorney Jim Harrell.

The winner in that primary is slated to face Republican Kenneth Hogan in November.

Then there’s a race for Knox County Sheriff. Two Democrats who previously served as Knox County deputies will seek the post.

Doug Sampson, who recently was in charge of EMS Services at Cottage Hospital, is running against Williamsfield Police Chief James Robertson.

The winner there will face Republican Jack Harlan and Independent Zac Cox in November.

Tune in to WGIL on 93.7 FM and 1400 AM on Tuesday night for live results after the polls closed, or follow along at

Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can use this link to find your polling place and races that you’ll be able to vote on. Here’s another link that will take you to sample ballots in either Galesburg or Knox County.