Petitions

APRIL 2, 2019 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION – IMPORTANT DATES
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – First day available and to circulate petitions
Monday, December 10, 2018 – First day for candidates to file petitions
Monday, December 17, 2018 – Last day for candidates to file petitions until 5:00 PM
Monday, December 24, 2018 – Last day for filing objections to nominating petitions


SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT AND WILL COUNTY ROE PETITION PACKETS
Petitions for Cities & Villages, Park Districts, Library Districts, Community College Districts and Fire Protection Districts can be picked up at the district office.  To find the district’s Local Election Official, click here.

PETITIONS SIGNED OUT

Statement of Economic Interests

Statue currently prohibits candidates for elective office who are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests in relation to his or her candidacy from filing said statement digitally.

▪ If you are a candidate for an office that you already hold AND you filed a statement in relation to that office during this calendar year:

  • Submit your filing receipt you received via email.
  • Print a duplicate record of your filing receipt from the public portal HERE.
  • Either filing receipt should be included with your petition.

▪ If you need to complete a new Statement of Economic Interests:

  • The form is in your petition packet.
  • New statements need to be filed with the Will County Clerk’s Office.
  • The filing receipt should be included with your petition packet.
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.