Election season starts Aug. 4

July 31, 2009
Press Release

Clerk David Orr offers a reminder that candidates planning to run in the February 2, 2010 primary election can start circulating nominating petitions Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Orr recommends that all candidates seek the advice of an attorney before submitting nomination paperwork.

"Prospective candidates run the risk of being thrown off the ballot if they do not gather enough valid signatures of if they did not submit the proper paperwork on time," Orr said.

Offices up for election in 2010 include:
U.S. Senator
U.S. Representatives
Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Secretary of State
State Comptroller
State Treasurer
State Senators (some)
State Representatives
Cook County Board President
County Commissioners
County Assessor
County Clerk
County Treasurer
County Sheriff
Board of Review Commissioner (1st district)
Appellate and Circuit Court Judges
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (some)
Regional Superintendent of Schools
Democratic, Republican & Green Township Committeemen


Party nominees who win the primary will advance to the Nov. 2, 2010 general election. Prospective candidates for the primary must file their nomination papers between Oct. 26 and November 2, 2009. The deadline to file objections to a candidacy or nominating petitions is November 9, 2009.

Under state law, all candidates must gather signatures from registered voters before their names can appear on the ballot. The number of signatures depends on which office the candidate is seeking. Signature requirements for county offices can be found in our news room.

Prospective candidates can download and print petition forms from the Illinois State Board of Elections.