Candidates, referenda, write-in lists now online

September 8, 2014
Press Release

200+ candidates, 50 referenda on suburban Cook County ballots

With the Nov. 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election just 58 days away, suburban Cook County voters can now visit to see the complete lists of candidates and referenda that will appear on ballots.

Voters can also filter the list to display their personalized sample ballot by using the voter information tool on the Cook County Clerk’s website.  The same information is available on-the-go, through the mobile voter information tool, via


As of Sept. 8, there are 209 candidates – representing the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green parties – who will appear on the Nov. 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election ballots in suburban Cook County.

Some of the offices on the ballot include: U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Illinois Comptroller & Treasurer; and State Senators & Representatives. 


As of Sept. 8, 50 referenda will appear on the Nov. 4 ballots in suburban Cook County – though rulings on some objections are still pending.

All voters will be asked to weigh in on two Constitutional amendment questions about victims’ and voters’ rights; three statewide questions about raising the minimum wage, requiring birth control prescription coverage and the so-called millionaire’s tax; and two countywide referenda on mental health services and universal background checks for firearms.

There is no one issue that dominates the suburban referenda but certain issues will be put before voters in different jurisdictions. For instance, two northwest suburban communities, Harwood Heights and Park Ridge, pose questions relating to O’Hare Airport noise and air pollution. In four suburbs – Barrington, Matteson, Lynwood, and Crestwood – voters will be asked if each village should become a home rule unit.

Term limits for local office holders will be on the ballot in Country Club Hills, Franklin Park, and Tinley Park.  There are 10 referenda that ask voters to approve property tax increases and the issuing of bonds to pay for school, park and library improvements.

A complete list of referenda questions can be found at:

Write-in candidates

A total of 14 people filed to be write-in candidates on the Nov. 4 ballots in suburban Cook County. To be eligible as a write-in candidate in Illinois, a person must file paperwork with the county clerk or election authority in each jurisdiction where his or her name will appear on the ballot. In suburban Cook County, write-in candidates had to submit a Write-in Candidate Declaration of Intent form at the Cook County Clerk’s downtown Chicago office.

U.S. Senator
Hilaire F. Shioura

Governor & Lieutenant Governor
Ryan Sweeney & Aaron Merreighn

Robert “Chico” Perez, Jr.
Michael W. Scruggs
Mark Smith
Scott Summers

Secretary of State
Sheldon Schafer

Timothy Goodcase

U. S. Representative, 2nd District
Marcus Lewis

U.S. Representative, 9th District
Phil Collins

State Representative, 78th District
Tom Demas

County Commissioner, 1st District
Pericles Abbasi