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UPCOMING DATES
April 4, 2017
Illinois : CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
November 7, 2017
Illinois : Municipal General Election
November 6, 2018
Illinois : General Election Day

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Illinois

In 1858, incumbent Democratic Senator Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln—for the most part unfamiliar at the time—engaged in a series of debates throughout Illinois for the state’s Senate seat. Although Lincoln lost the race, his warning against a nation divided between free and slave-holding states drew the attention of the nation, and he was elected president only two years later.

What began as an ordinary fire in Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s barn on October 8, 1871, quickly turned into what became known as the Great Chicago Fire, which devastated roughly 18,000 buildings, left close to 100,000 inhabitants homeless and killed between 200 and 300 people.

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What began as an ordinary fire in Patrick and Catherine O’Leary’s barn on October 8, 1871, quickly turned into what became known as the Great Chicago Fire, which devastated roughly 18,000 buildings, left close to 100,000 inhabitants homeless and killed between 200 and 300 people.

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On May 4, 1886, after weeks of protests in which workers were demanding an eight-hour workday, a bomb was thrown during a demonstration at the Randolph Street Haymarket. Eight officers were killed and 60 were injured, spurring a public cry for justice. Although the bomber was never identified, eight anarchists were tried and convicted of murder in what is often referred to as a grave miscarriage of justice.

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The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago attracted 27 million visitors during its six-month operation—more than 40 percent of the United States’ total population at the time. Among the many inventions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel, built to rival the Eiffel Tower that had been built for the Paris Fair in 1889. The 250-foot diameter wheel carried 36 cars with up to 60 riders each.

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When an angry mob formed outside of the city jail in Springfield on August 14, 1908, seeking revenge against two black men accused of separate crimes against whites, policemen escorted the prisoners out the back door to safety. In the violent riot that ensued, buildings were destroyed and looted and two unrelated black members of the community were lynched. The appalling event led to the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) a few months later.

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Illinois has the largest recoverable bituminous coal reserve of any state in the United States–close to 1.2 billion tons.

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Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is the tallest building in North America.

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State of Illinois Quick Facts
  • Current Population:12,859,995
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 28 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 20
  • Congressional Districts: 18
  • Date of Statehood: December 3, 1818
  • Size: 57,916 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Prairie State; Land of Lincoln
  • Tree: White Oak
  • Flower: Violet
  • Bird: Cardinal
Registered Voters

Total Voters: 3,712,056

  • : Active>3,042,568
  • : Inactive>636,143
  • : Prereg >33,345

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Illinois?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Illinois.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    ILLINIOS : Yes

    voters will be able to register at their local precincts. In smaller counties that lack the resources to handle in-precinct registration, same day registration will be available in the county clerk’s main office and certain large towns.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Illinois?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Illinois, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application.

    Online

    Plus registration is available online and through deputy registrars.

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Every employee is entitled, after giving notice, to two hours off work, provided that the employee's working hours begin less than 2 hours after the opening of the polls and end less than 2 hours before the closing of the polls.

    Illinois State Government

    Illinois Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the People of the State of Illinois - grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors - in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; maintain a representative and orderly government; eliminate poverty and inequality; assure legal, social and economic justice; provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves and our posterity - do ordain and establish this Constitution for the state of Illinois.

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol: Capitol Avenue and Second Street,Springfield, Illinois

    Executive Power

    The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the seat of government during their terms of office.

    These elected officers of the Executive Branch shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and, except in the case of the Lieutenant Governor, until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.

    Illinois Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Capitol: Capitol Avenue and Second Street,Springfield, Illinois

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power is vested in a General Assembly consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives, elected by the electors from 59 Legislative Districts and 118 Representative Districts.

    The Illinois General Assembly consists of the Illinois House of Representatives, the lower Chamber, and the Illinois State Senate, the upper chamber.

    Its first official working day is the second Wednesday in January each year.

    The body was created by the first state constitution adopted in 1818. The Illinois Senate is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.

    In contrast, the Illinois House of Representatives is made up of 118 members with its entire membership elected to two-year terms. House districts are formed by dividing each Senate district in half.

    Judicial Branch
    Illinois Supreme Court, Springfield, Illinois

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power is vested in a Supreme Court, an Appellate Court and Circuit Courts.

    The state is divided into five Judicial districts for the selection of Supreme and Appellate Court Judges.

    The First Judicial District consists of Cook County. The remainder of the State shall be divided by law into four Judicial Districts of substantially equal population, each of which shall be compact and composed of contiguous counties.

    Illinois Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(118)
    (67)(51)
    State Senators(59)
    (37)(22)
    US Representatives(18)
    (11)(7)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Illinois Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor shall have the supreme executive power, and shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election.

    Election

    These elected officers of the Executive Branch shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election.

    Term of Office

    Term limits None.

    Limit on Tenure

    llinois governors do not face term limits.

    Salary

    $177,412

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years old.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor shall perform the duties and exercise the powers in the Executive Branch that may be delegated to him by the Governor and that may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this state for the three years preceding his election.

    Election

    These elected officers of the Executive Branch shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    The lieutenant governor does not face any term limits.

    Salary

    $135,669

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The Attorney General shall be the legal officer of the State, and shall have the duties and powers that may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible to hold the Office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this state for the three years preceding his election.

    Election

    These elected officers of the Executive Branch shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits None.

    Salary

    $156,541

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years old.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The Secretary of State shall maintain the official records of the acts of the General Assembly and such official records of the Executive Branch as provided by law. Such official records shall be available for inspection by the public. He shall keep the Great Seal of the State of Illinois and perform other duties that may be prescribed by law.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible to hold the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller or Treasurer, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 25 years old, and a resident of this State for the three years preceding his election.

    Election

    These elected officers of the Executive Branch shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits none.

    Salary

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years old.

    Illinois State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment, while the Senate serves as adjudicator.

    Qualifications

    "To be eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years old, and for the two years preceding his election or appointment a resident of the district which he is to represent."

    Election

    Members of the General Assembly shall be elected at the general election in even-numbered years.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 2 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits None.

    Salary

    $67,836/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    At least 21 years old.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    When the Governor calls a special session, the General Assembly can generally only deal with matters related to the purpose of the session, as stated by the Governor's proclamation of the session, but they can also deal with impeachments or confirmation of appointments.

    Qualifications

    To be eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years old, and for the two years preceding his election or appointment a resident of the district which he is to represent

    Election

    Term of Office

    Length of term 4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limits None.

    Salary

    $67,836/year.

    Qualification age

    at least 21 years old.

    Illinois State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The court hears appeals from the lower courts and has limited original jurisdiction. It also serves as the administrative head of the state's court system.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to be a Judge or Associate Judge unless he is a United States citizen, a licensed attorney-at-law of this State, and a resident of the unit which selects him. No change in the boundaries of a unit shall affect the tenure in office of a Judge or Associate Judge incumbent at the time of such change

    Election

    Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Judges shall be nominated at primary elections or by petition.

    Term of Office

    The terms of office of Supreme and Appellate Court Judges shall be ten years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $214,000

    Associates salary

    $214,000

    Qualification age

    The Appellate Court
    Authority

    The appellate court districts review transcripts of the trial and briefs filed by interested parties and consider oral arguments from lawyers to determine if the law was correctly applied by the trial court. In addition to resolving the specific case before it, rulings by each appellate district set precedent for the circuit courts in their geographic region on the proper way to apply Illinois law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to be a Judge or Associate Judge unless he is a United States citizen, a licensed attorney-at-law of this State, and a resident of the unit which selects him. No change in the boundaries of a unit shall affect the tenure in office of a Judge or Associate Judge incumbent at the time of such change

    Election

    Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Judges shall be nominated at primary elections or by petition.

    Term of Office

    The terms of office of Supreme and Appellate Court Judges shall be ten years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $203,806

    Qualification age

    The Circuit Judges
    Authority

    The circuit court also shares jurisdiction with the Supreme Court of Illinois (the state supreme court) to hear cases relating to revenue, mandamus, prohibition, and habeas corpus.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to be a Judge or Associate Judge unless he is a United States citizen, a licensed attorney-at-law of this State, and a resident of the unit which selects him. No change in the boundaries of a unit shall affect the tenure in office of a Judge or Associate Judge incumbent at the time of such change

    Election

    Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Judges shall be nominated at primary elections or by petition.

    Term of Office

    Circuit Judges, six years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $187,018

    Qualification age

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