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.
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)
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.
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.