Illinois State Board of Elections

Hundreds of candidates, or their supporters, stood in line outside the state board of elections office in Springfield Monday morning to turn in petitions. 

Anyone there before 8 AM could have their name listed first should they make it onto the primary ballot. 

Theresa Mah was one of them. She's running for state representative in the second district, in Chicago. Mah says when she knocked on voters' doors to get their signatures most people were supportive. 

Many expressed concern about Illinois' budget:

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Peoria County will have ten fewer polling locations, beginning with the March primary elections.

The Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners approved the updated list of polling locations during its last meeting on Nov. 17. But Executive Director Thomas Bride says even with fewer polling places, he doesn’t anticipate longer wait times.

“We’re always looking at the number of voters that would be using a polling place and make sure we have enough room for the equipment, for the voters,” Bride said.

With the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, it would seem that the next step is for the Governor to appoint a successor. However, election officials are unsure about the process.

Thousands register to vote online in IL

Oct 15, 2014

Thousands of Illinois residents have taken part in the state's first foray into online voter registration. The State Board of Elections says 31,000 voters turned in online applications, with more than a third of those coming in the final two days before last week's deadline.