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Statement of Economic Interests

Any Statement of Economic Interests form provided by and filed with the Cook County Clerk's office discloses the information required by law and will meet the statutory filing requirement for candidates.

Candidates can print out the Statement of Economic Interests form below and deliver it to the Clerk's downtown office (69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL 60602) or any of the Clerk's suburban courthouse office locations (Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Bridgeview, Maywood and Markham).

Candidate Contact Form

Please complete the Candidate Contact Form and file with your nomination papers or email the form to colleen.gleason@cookcountyil.gov. Do NOT bind with the nomination papers.

Candidate Filing

For the February 28, 2017 Consolidated Primary Election: the candidate filing period for established political party candidates and nonpartisan candidates will take place Monday, November 21 - Monday, November 28.

For the April 4, 2017 Consolidated General Election: The candidate filing period for new political parties, independent candidates and nonpartisan candidates will take place Monday, December 12 - Monday, December 19. Click here for further information and frequently asked questions on candidate filing

Withdrawal of Candidacy

To withdraw your candidacy, please complete the Withdrawal of Candidacy form, have it notarized, and file it with the office where you submitted your original nominating petitions. If you filed your petitions with the Cook County Clerk's office, you should deliver or mail your form to the Clerk's downtown office: 69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL 60602. Emails and faxes are not accepted.


Important Dates for the February 28, 2017 Consolidated Primary Election

Candidate Filing Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, August 30:  First day to circulate petitions for established political parties and nonpartisan candidates (municipalities)

Monday, November 21 – Monday, November 28:  Petition filing period for established political party candidates & nonpartisan candidates (municipalities)

Monday, December 5: Last day for filing objections to nomination papers of candidates who filed during the November 21 – November 28 filing period
*Last day to withdraw (incompatible offices)

Wednesday, December 7: Last day to conduct ballot placement lottery

Thursday, December 22: Last day to file a Withdrawal of Candidacy with the local election official or authority 

Thursday, December 29: Last day to file a notarized declaration of intent to be a write–in candidate (5 p.m.)


Referenda Question Deadlines

Monday, November 28: Last day for filing petitions for referenda for the submission of questions of public policy with the local election authority

Monday, December 12: Last day for local governing boards to adopt a resolution or ordinance to allow a binding public question to appear on the ballot


Certification of Ballot Deadlines

Thursday, December 22: Certification of Ballot by local election authorities


Voter Registration, Early Voting & Mail Voting

Friday, January 13:  Military & overseas ballots available

Thursday, January 19:  Statutory start of Early Voting 

Tuesday, January 31: Voter registration closes for deputy registrars and local election officials

Wednesday, February 1 – Monday, February 27: Grace period registration & voting

Sunday, February 12:  Online voter registration closes

Monday, February 13 – Monday, February 27: Early Voting period

Thursday, February 23: Last day to apply for a ballot by mail

Friday, February 24: Nursing home voting

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. The Cook County Clerk’s office is providing this for general information purposes only. All candidates should consult with legal counsel regarding election matters. The Cook County Clerk’s office cannot recommend an attorney or give legal advice on these matters.

For the complete Election Calendar and Candidates Guide please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections Website: www.elections.state.il.us

 

Important Dates for the April 4 Consolidated General Election

Candidate Filing Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, September 20: First day to circulate petitions for independent, new political parties and nonpartisan offices

Monday, December 5: Municipal Caucus for municipalities which have established parties (under 5,000 population)

Tuesday, December 6: Township Caucus

Monday, December 12 – Monday, December 19:  Petition filing period for nomination petitions of new political parties, nonpartisan and independent candidates as well as certificates of nomination for established party caucus candidates

Tuesday, December 27: Last day to file objections to nomination petitions of new political party, nonpartisan and independent candidates as well as certificates of nomination for established party caucus candidates who filed during the December 12 – 19 filing period
*Last day to withdraw (incompatible offices)

Wednesday, December 28: Last day to conduct ballot placement lottery

Thursday, January 26: Last day to file a Withdrawal of Candidacy with the local election official or authority 

Thursday, February 2: Last day to file a notarized declaration of intent to be a write–in candidate (5 p.m.)


Referenda Question Deadlines

Tuesday, January 3: Last day for filing petitions for referenda for the submission of questions of public policy with the local election authority

Tuesday, January 17: Last day for local governing boards to adopt a resolution or ordinance to allow a binding public question to appear on the ballot


Certification of Ballot Deadlines

Thursday, January 26: Certification of Ballot by local election authorities


Voter Registration, Early Voting & Mail Voting

Friday, February 17:  Military & overseas ballots available

Thursday, February 23: Statutory start of Early Voting

Tuesday, March 7: Voter registration closes for deputy registrars and local election officials

Wednesday, March 8 – Monday, April 3: Grace period registration & voting

Monday, March 20 – Monday, April 3: Early voting period

Thursday, March 30: Last day to apply for a ballot by mail

Friday, March 31: Nursing home voting