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County State's Attorney

QUALIFICATIONS:

TERM IN OFFICE:  4 Years 

TERM BEGINS:  December 1, 2022 (55 ILCS 5/3-9002)

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 vote cast for any candidate of the party who received the highest number of votes in the county 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), signed by qualified voters of the county, of the total number of persons who voted at the last General Election in the county.   (10 ILCS 5/10-3)
  • New Party:  At least 5% of the number of persons who voted at the last General Election in the county. 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:

  • Commence and prosecute all actions, suits, indictments, and prosecutions, civil and criminal, in the circuit court for the county
  • Prosecute all forfeited bonds and all actions for the recovery of moneys, debts, revenues, fines, penalties, and forfeitures accruing to his/her state, county, or to any school district or road district
  • Commence and prosecute all actions and proceedings brought by any county officer is his/her official capacity
  • Defend all actions and proceedings brought against his/her county, or against any county or state officer, in his/her official capacity, within his/her county
  • Attend the examination of all persons brought before any judge on habeas corpus, when prosecutions are in his/her county
  • Prosecute charges of felony or misdemeanor, for which the offender is required to be recognized to appear before the circuit court
  • Give his/her opinion, without fee, to any county officer in his/her county, upon any question or law relating to any criminal or other matter
  • Assist the attorney general whenever it may be necessary
  • Pay all money received by him/her in trust, without delay, to the officer who by law is entitled to the custody of it
  • Notify complaining witnesses (by first class mail) of the ultimate disposition of the case arising from an indictment or other information
  • Appear in all proceedings by collectors of taxes against delinquent taxpayers for judgments to sell real estate, and see that all the necessary steps have been taken to make the judgments legal and binding
  • Enforce county ordinances
  • Collection of child support payments

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