Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Illinois

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Illinois. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Illinois. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.

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Year-specific dates


See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Illinois will have a primary election on March 18, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The filing deadline for established party candidates to run for office in Illinois was December 2, 2013. The filing deadline for new political party candidates and independent candidates is June 23, 2013. The deadline to file paperwork to create a new political party is also June 23, 2013.[1]

Deadline Event
December 2, 2013 Established party candidate filing deadline
March 18, 2014 Primary election date
June 23, 2013 Filing deadline for new political party candidates, independent candidates and to create a new political party
November 4, 2013 General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of November 2013, there are two recognized political parties in Illinois.[2]

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Democratic National party platform
Republican Party by-laws

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office in Illinois will interact with the Illinois State Board of Elections. This agency is the authority on all laws, information and procedures dealing with elections.

Illinois State Board of Elections

Springfield Office:
2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62704
Telephone: 217-782-4141
Fax: 217-782-5959

Chicago Office:
100 W. Randolph,Suite 14-100, Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: 312-814-6440
Fax: 312-814-6485

Term limits

State executives

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See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

Illinois does not place term limits on state executive offices.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Illinois does not place term limits on state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Illinois and List of United States Senators from Illinois

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Illinois:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Illinois
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 10 11
     Republican Party 1 7 8
Vacancies 0 1 1
TOTALS as of May 2015 2 18 20

State legislative partisanship

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Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Illinois:

State Senate

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 39
     Republican Party 20
Total 59

State house

Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 71
     Republican Party 47
Total 118

See also

Figure 1: This is a reporting form for campaign contributions and expenditures for candidates running for election in Illinois.

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