now until Saturday, November 1st, you can vote early at one of over 50 locations across the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (Map). Polls are open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on early voting and voting by mail, CLICK HERE.
I encourage you to vote the entire ballot, including the state constitutional amendments, the advisory referenda, and the judicial retention ballot.
Thanks for considering my recommendations. Perhaps I’ll run into you at the polls!
(You may use your Smart Phone when you vote or print this and take it into the polls)
Proposed Amendments to the 1970 Illinois Constitution
Proposed amendment of Section 8.1 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment makes changes to Section 8.1 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution, the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. The proposed amendment would expand certain rights already granted to crime victims in Illinois, and give crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.
Proposed addition of Section 8 to Article III of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment would prohibit any law that disproportionately affects the rights of eligible Illinois citizens to register to vote or cast a ballot based on the voter’s race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or income. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.
Public Questions for Illinois Voters (advisory only)
“Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?”
“Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?”
“Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?”
United States Senator
(1) Richard J. Durbin
Governor & Lieutenant Governor
(7) Pat Quinn & Paul Vallas
(14) Lisa Madigan
Secretary of State
(19) Jesse White
(24) Sheila Simon
(29) Michael W. Frerichs
U.S. Representative, 9th District
(34) Janice D. Schakowsky
State Representative, 14th District
(40) Kelly M. Cassidy
President of County Board
(55) Toni Preckwinkle
(56) David D. Orr
(57) Thomas J. Dart
(58) Maria Pappas
(59) Joseph Berrios
County Commissioner, 10th District
(60) Bridget Gainer
County Commissioner, 13th District
(60) Larry Suffredin
Judge of the Appellate Court, Circuit Court and 9th Subcircuit
All judicial candidates are running unopposed.
Ballot for Judicial Candidates Seeking Retention in Office
Vote ‘YES” to retain all judges, except the following two who have been found unqualified by anoverwhelming number of bar associations:
Diane Gordon Cannon – Vote “NO” (mark 223)
Annie O’Donnell – Vote “NO” (mark 335)
Public Questions for Cook County and Chicago Voters (advisory only)
“Shall the General Assembly of the State of Illinois appropriate additional funds to provide necessary mental health services for the people of the State of Illinois?”
“Shall the Illinois General Assembly enact the Illinois Public Safety Act (Senate Bill 3659), which would require universal background checks for firearm transfers and prohibit the sale and transfer of assault weapons, assault weapon attachments and high capacity ammunition magazines?”
“Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act to give local municipalities a role in the siting of medical cannabis dispensing organizations and cultivation centers in its neighborhoods?”
“Should Congress pass a law that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to revisit the criteria it uses to create the “noise contours” that determine which residences near airports across the country are eligible for noise mitigation?”
“Should the State of Illinois account for concentrations of at-risk students living in poverty or who speak English as a second language when determining how state resources for education are allocated?”