Suburbs hold primaries on Feb. 25

February 19, 2003
Press Release

Chicago voters won’t be the only ones heading to the polls on February 25, noted Cook County Clerk David Orr, who administers elections in suburban Cook County.

Five Cook County suburbs – Calumet City, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Elgin and Forest Park – will hold primary elections. Calumet City and Cicero will conduct special primaries for candidates to fill the unexpired terms of their former mayors, both of whom had been re-elected in 2001.

In all, 157 of 2,465 precincts will hold primaries. All 2,465 precincts in suburban Cook County will conduct general elections on April 1. At that time, depending on the suburb, elections for village president/mayor, village trustee/commissioner/alderman, park and library district boards, school boards and fire protection district boards as well as referendums will take place.

Partisan primaries (winners will serve as their party’s nominee on April 1)

  • Calumet City (Democratic mayoral primary)
  • Cicero (Democratic town president primary, two Democratic trustee primaries and a Republican town president primary) 

Non-partisan primaries (top two vote getters will face off on April 1)

  • Chicago Heights (non-partisan mayoral primary, non-partisan aldermanic primaries in wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and non-partisan park district primaries in districts 1 and 4)
  • Elgin (non-partisan mayoral primary)
  • Forest Park (non-partisan village commissioner primary/top four vote getters will face off on April 1)

Candidates are listed on the Clerk’s elections website Voters can also type their addresses to: download a virtual ballot of candidates running in their precinct; find out the location of their polling place; and verify if they are registered to vote. 
The Clerk’s office asks that voters carefully examine their ballot cards for hanging or dimpled chads after making their selections and remove them before inserting their ballot cards into the ballot counter. This will prevent possible errors and help ensure a more accurate vote count.

"Checking over the ballot for hanging and dimpled chads is the best way for a voter to prevent ballot errors," Orr said. "It’s quick and easy, and will ensure a more accurate vote count."

Error-detection equipment will be activated once again in each precinct to warn voters of possible mistakes. Voters will insert their ballots into a ballot counter that will instantly scan them for unrecorded votes (undervotes and overvotes). If an undervote or overvote is detected, the ballot card will eject from the machine. Voters then have a "second-chance" option of making changes or corrections or having the ballot counted "as is."

Polls will be open: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Total number of candidates: 51

Total number of contests: 15

Election Results: beginning after 7:15 p.m.

Registered voters (suburban Cook County): 1,308,378