Prospective candidates interested in running for specific offices in the March 16 primary election can file their nominating petitions beginning Dec. 8 with Cook County Clerk David Orr's office.
Every precinct in Chicago and suburban Cook County will hold elections to elect political party nominees for offices that include: U.S. President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, Illinois General Assembly, and countywide offices and Chicago ward committeemen.
Only candidates running for a county office - State's Attorney, Circuit Court Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, Water Reclamation District board and Board of Review (District 3) - or Chicago ward committeeman will submit their petitions with the Clerk's office. The rest will file with the State Board of Elections in Springfield.
Because of the recent fire that has closed the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington St., filing will take place starting at 9 a.m. in Room 434 in the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. Doors to the building will open at 7 a.m.
Prospective candidates must file their nomination papers between Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Objections to a candidate's nominating petitions can be filed until 5 p.m. on Dec. 22 for county candidates and until 5 p.m. on Dec. 26 for Chicago ward committeemen, Orr said.
"It's extremely important that prospective candidates learn about the qualifications and requirements for a particular office, gather enough valid signatures and correctly submit the necessary paperwork so they don't risk getting thrown off the ballot," Orr said. "Many would-be candidates are not always familiar with the process and make mistakes that jeopardize their candidacies."
Candidates competing for the same office who file simultaneously at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8 will be eligible for a lottery to determine their position on the March 16 ballot, Orr said.