Petitions

IMPORTANT DATES
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – First day to circulate petitions
Monday, November 27, 2017 – First day for candidates to file petitions
Monday, December 4, 2017 – Last day for candidates to file petitions until 5:00 PM
Monday, December 11, 2017 – Last day for filing objections to nominating petitions

PETITION PACKETS SAMPLE PETITIONS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PETITIONS SIGNED OUT
Countywide  Countywide Notice of Obligation Countywide
County Board  County Board Fair Campaign Practices Act County Board
Precinct Committeeman  Precinct Committeeman Township Maps
Voter Information
Campaign Free Zone Information
Pollwatcher Credentials
Temporary Political Sign Information
CIRCULATOR
      • Candidate can circulate their own petition
      • Circulator can sign the petition they are circulating as long as they are registered in the applicable political subdivision or district
      • Circulator must be a U.S. Citizen but does not have to be a registered voter
      • Circulator must be 18 years of age (Effective August 5, 2016 – 17 year olds who turn 18 on or before the date of the immediately following General or Consolidated Election 10 ILCS 5/3-6)
OBJECTING TO A PETITION

Under Illinois State Law, local jurisdictions, including cities, villages, counties and others holding elections for public office must convene an electoral board* to rule on candidacy objections filed to contest an individual’s eligibility to seek election.

      • Nomination papers shall be deemed to be valid unless objections are filed in writing (an original and one copy) against all candidates (including precinct committeemen) within five business days after the last day for filing nomination papers.
      • The objector’s petitions are filed with the same office in which the nominating papers are filed.
      • Objectors must call (815) 740-4613 to schedule an appointment for signature/address verification on petitions.

If an objection to a candidate’s nominating petition is sustained under Section 10-10 (10 ILCS 5/7-59(b)) after the 61st day before the election, then the candidate may file a notarized Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate for that office with the proper election authority or authorities no later than 7 days prior to the election.

*ELECTORAL BOARDS
Designated for the purpose of hearing and passing upon the objector’s petition. The meeting of the electoral board shall not be less than three nor more than five days after receipt of the objector’s petition by the chairman of the electoral board. Within 5 days after the decision of the electoral board, the candidate or objector aggrieved by the decision may file a petition for judicial review with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Court hearings are to be held within 30 days after the filing of the petition and a decision delivered promptly thereafter.