UPDATE: On Dec. 2, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to allow the upcoming special general election to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat formerly held by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., to coincide with previously scheduled local elections on April 9, 2013.
The dates of the primary and general elections to fill the 2nd Congressional District vacancy will ideally correspond with the already scheduled 2013 elections, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Wednesday at a press conference.
"Synchronizing the election dates will save at least $1 million, reduce voter confusion, enable all military voters to cast ballots and possibly boost turnout," Orr said. "I am communicating with Gov. Quinn, the Chicago Board of Elections and other county clerks to meet those targets."
Suburban Cook County, Will County and Kankakee County have a Feb. 26 primary and an April 9 general for the local consolidated elections. Chicago does not have elections scheduled in 2013.
The 2nd Congressional District is comprised of 263 precincts in suburban Cook County, 170 precincts in Chicago, 85 precincts in Kankakee County and 27 precincts in Will County. Approximately 428,000 registered voters reside in the district, of which more than half live in suburban Cook County.
Click here to view a video of the press conference.