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Last year, the Illinois General Assembly voted to move this year’s state primary elections up from March to February 5th so that Illinois voters would have their voices heard on Super Tuesday. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed the change to give Illinois’ junior U.S. Senator Barack Obama a boost in his bid for the White House while Illinois Republicans went along with the idea in hopes of giving Illinois voters a bigger say in selecting the top of both party’s November tickets. But the move also shortened the primary schedule for dozens of candidates for the Illinois Senate and House and a host of local contests around the state. Our Jak Tichenor talked with Mike Lawrence, Director of SIU Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and visiting professor John Jackson about the outcome of Illinois’ experiment with Super Tuesday.