DECEMBER 6, 2017

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by MCA

2018 promises to be an exciting election year. The following offices are up for election:

  • All constitutional officers – Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer and Attorney General (the Governor and Lt. Governor must run as a team);
  • All 118 districts of the Illinois House and 39 of the 59 Senate districts;
  • All of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts;
  • All county offices: county boards, clerks, treasurers, sheriffs and assessors; and
  • All sanitary district elected positions, including the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago.

The deadline to file candidate petitions to be on the ballot for the March 20, 2018 primary election was Monday, December 4, 2017. There are a record number of sitting members of the General Assembly that have announced that they will not run again, and there are a record number of petition filings at the State Board of Elections: 340 candidates for the 157 districts at play. The next step in the process is the objection period; once that is concluded, the ballot names will be finalized and we will update you on the major races.

For now, the primary race for Governor is gaining the most attention. Governor Rauner is running for reelection and faces Jeanne Ives, a very conservative member of the Illinois House from Wheaton. On the Democratic side, the candidates include multibillionaire JB Pritzker of Chicago; Chris Kennedy of the storied Kennedy family; Daniel Biss, a sitting state Senator from Evanston; downstate educator Robert Daiber; and anti-violence advocate Tio Hardiman.