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State Extends Local Elections Filing Deadline to 5 PM Dec. 26

The Illinois Senate amends its election code so that candidates in local elections—from City Council to School Board—can submit nominating petitions until 5 p.m. on the day after Christmas.

Merry Christmas, candidates in local elections: You have an extra day to get your name on the April 2013 ballot!

A new state law, passed Nov. 29 by both houses of the General Assembly, is also good news to municipal clerks, school board secretaries, township clerks, park district and library secretaries and other local election officials who were previously required to accept candidate petitions until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, regardless of whether their respective governmental offices were open.

The law is effective immediately.

Senate Bill 3338 amends Section 1-4 of the Election Code to specify that, for the 2013 consolidated election period, local election officials have until 5 p.m. Dec. 26 to accept candidates' petitions or certificates of nomination.

The law does not require governments to be open all day on Dec. 26, 2012, but they are required to remain open for at least some time period until 5 p.m. Under this law, public bodies have no discretion to refuse to accept petitions on Dec. 26. 

Original article by Rick Nagel

T'sMom December 04, 2012 at 06:10 PM
How does someone get info on filing to be a candidate or village clerk for their local municipal election, such as Homewood? I think this info should have been supplied, if possible, prior to December, so other local citizens might have a chance to vie for these positions that will be up for election with the candidate's procedure for this process.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. December 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
T's mom, Politics is a vicious beast. Rules are made by those heavily initiated and only have a slight resemblance to fairness. Trying to find current election requirements year to year changes, and the only people that seem to not be scrambling around to understand it are those that are either incumbents or workers for incumbents. A few of those that are not initiated have been able to understand all of this on their own, but it is someone that has has considerable amount of study ( formal and informal) about elections. the link that is listed below is the 2013 candidate handbook guide produce by our election officials. Oddly it says anything not printed in it is your responsibility to find. http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/2013CanGuide.pdf And here is the site that it came from: http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2013elections/Pages/InfoforCandidates.aspx Good luck
FSR December 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Ok Summit Hill residence more time to get those petitions in and get a clean sweep of the District #161 Board. The current board has to go before they destroy this school system further and the community. Thank God the teachers continue to do an outstanding job but how long will the put up with the nonsense.
FSR December 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
The information you need is available from the local entity you want to run for and its been available for the past few months. Just stop by and pick up an election package.

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