Candidates and Elected Officials

On this page, both new and returning candidates can find important election information and filing deadlnes as well as utilize the Clerk's Candidate Statement Tool and first of it's kind, Running for Office Starter Kit. 

Candidates can also find links to the official 2018 Candidate's Guide and Election and Campaign Finanace Calendar. 


Important Dates and Signature Requirements
for the March 20, 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election

Candidate Filing Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, September 5: First day to circulate petitions for established political party candidates

Monday, November 27 – Monday, December 4: Petition filing period for established political party candidates

Monday, December 11: Last day for filing objections to nomination papers of candidates who filed during the November 27 – December 3 filing period (Last day to withdraw for candidates who filed for incompatible offices)

Wednesday, December 13: Last day to conduct lottery for ballot placement

Thursday, January 11: Last day to file withdrawal papers with the State Board of Elections

Wednesday, January 17: Last day to file withdrawal papers with the County Clerk

Thursday, January 18: Last day to file a notarized declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate (5:00 PM)


Running for Office Starter Kit

The Cook County Clerk’s office has created the free Running for Office Starter Kit (RFO) to allow suburban Cook County residents to view the elected offices they are eligible to run for and receive the necessary information and documentation to complete the challenging process of running for office.


Candidate Statement Tool

The Cook County Clerk’s Office invites all candidates in suburban Cook County to submit a statement to be included in our online Voter Information guide. This is a free opportunity to tell voters – in your own words – about your background and positions.