Filing period for March primary starts today

Those seeking political office have 4 days to file their petitions

Let the games begin.

Monday marks the start of a four-day window that candidates for local, state and federal office have to file petitions to run in the March 18 primary.

Candidates have Monday through Wednesday, and a final day on Dec. 2, to file for the many seats up in the mid-term election.

Illinois voters in 2014 will elect candidates to the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, as well as all seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

All statewide constitutional offices – governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, comptroller and secretary of state – are up for election, as are all 118 seats in the Illinois House and half of the 59 seats in the Illinois Senate.

The only Senate seat in McHenry County up for election next year is the 33rd District, held by Republican freshman Karen McConnaughay.

At the county level, voters will elect the treasurer, county clerk, sheriff and regional school superintendent, choose who sits in 12 of the 24 seats on the County Board, and elect their party’s committeemen to the county’s 212 voting precincts.

Longtime Treasurer Bill LeFew, Sheriff Keith Nygren and County Clerk Katherine Schultz are stepping down and not seeking re-election.

There also will be one countywide and at least two local binding referendums on the March primary ballot.

Voters countywide will decide whether the County Board chairman should be popularly elected.

Algonquin voters will get another shot at electrical aggregation, after a March 2012 referendum failed by nine votes. The Huntley Park District is asking voters to finance a $20 million facilities expansion.

Local governments have until Dec. 30 to put binding referendums on the March ballot.

What it means

Candidates who want to run in the March 18 primary have Monday through Wednesday, and Dec. 2, to file their petitions.

Candidates filing for county-level offices can do so at the County Clerk’s Office, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and until 5 p.m. on the final day, Dec. 2.

Candidates filing for state and federal offices can do so in person or by mail to the Illinois State Board of Elections, 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., P.O. Box 4187, Springfield, IL 62708.

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