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CHICAGO (AP) - Election officials say voter turnout appears steady and strong in Illinois. 

No official figures were available as of Tuesday afternoon.

 Cook County Clerk David Orr oversees voting in suburban communities around Chicago. He estimates that final turnout figures will be around 70 or 71 percent.

 That would be three or four percentage points lower than four years ago.

 Orr said off-and-on rain in the area could deter some voters. But he says the flow of voters at most polling stations has been steady all day.

 Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Jim Tenuto agreed. He says he has a sense voter turnout is strong - though he didn't currently have figures to support that.

 Both Orr and Tenuto said they have no reports of serious irregularities.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.)

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