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County Commissioner

QUALIFICATIONS:

TERM IN OFFICE:  6 Years (4 Years in Cook County)

TERM BEGINS:  December 7, 2022 (55 ILCS 5/2-3009)

FILING PERIODS:

  • Established Party:
    • Not more than 113 nor less than 106 days prior to the General Primary (10 ILCS 5/7-12)
    • November 25 – December 2, 2019 (for the 2020 election)
  • Independent and New Party:
    • Not more than 141 nor less than 134 days prior to the General Election (10 ILCS 5/10-6)
    • July 13 – July 20, 2020 (for the 2020 election)
  • All candidates will file in the office of the county clerk.  Candidates in Peoria County file with the Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners.

NOMINATING PAPERS:

  • Petitions:
  • Statement of Candidacy:
  • Loyalty Oath (optional): All Candidates (SBE Form P-1C) (not currently available)
  • Statement of Economic Interests: Filed with the County Clerk.  The receipt must be filed with petitions or by the end of the filing period.

SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Established Party:  At least 0.5% (0.005) of the number of primary electors of the candidate’s party in the district who cast votes at the last General Election. The highest vote getter could be any federal, state, or county candidate.  [(10 ILCS 5/7-10(c)]
  • Independent Party:  5% - 8% (or 50 more than the minimum, whichever is greater) of the total number of persons who voted at the last regular general election in such district in which such district voted as a unit for that office.   (10 ILCS 5/10-3)
  • New Party:  At least 5% of the number of persons who voted at the last time the district elected a member. Where 5% is greater than 25,000, the minimum number of signatures required is 25,000.   (10 ILCS 5/10-2)
  • For specific signature calculations, contact your county clerk.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Campaign Contributions: Reports must be filed either electronically or on paper with the State Board of Elections, 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704, or 100 West Randolph St., Suite 14-100, Chicago, IL 60601.

DUTIES:

  • Adopts an annual budget for the county
  • Establishes tax rates
  • Authorizes bond issues, subject to voter approval
  • Reviews zoning, planning, and land use matters
  • Considers appeals in granting or denying certain permits and licenses
  • Establish and control special districts to provide services in unincorporated areas of the county

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