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Voters head to polls, driven — or undeterred — by negative ads

After months of debates, rallies, commercials and more, the 2014 election is almost, finally, over.

Thanks to early voting and absentee balloting, some people already have been able to make their decisions — and they’re stuck with them.

Most, however, waited until Tuesday to head out to the polls.

At a polling station in the Uptown neighborhood, several voters said this campaign season’s unusually negative rhetoric didn’t deter them from voting.

“Hey, I’ve got fast forward on my commercials and DVR,” said Janis Tiffin, 67, a retired architect. “I don’t watch any of that.”

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider votes Tuesday morning in Highland Park. He’s in a tough re-election battle with Bob Dold, the former congressman Schneider defeated in 2012. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Bruce Rauner casts his ballot in Winnetka. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times