Today is Election Day. The polls are open until 7:00 p.m.
Make sure you know your polling place location. To find your polling place location, CLICK HERE. Please note some polling place locations have changed since the last election, so it’s always a good idea to verify your location before you go to vote.
To verify your voter registration status, CLICK HERE and enter your address and last name.
If you are not registered to vote, you can still vote today. For the first time ever, you can register to vote and vote at the same time. However, you can do so only at the Board of Election headquarters, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level (across from Daley Plaza) and at four neighborhood locations. The neighborhood location closest to the 49th Ward is Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.
The polls at those “Same Day Registration” locations will be open until 7:00 p.m. Please note that these polling stations are for new registrants only. If you are already registered to vote and haven’t yet voted, you must vote at your local polling place.
Please bring two forms of ID, one of which must have your current address. For a list of acceptable forms of identification, CLICK HERE.
For a printable SAMPLE BALLOT, click on the attachment below:
You may take the sample ballot with you when you vote. Or simply use your smart phone and refer to this page while you are voting.
I encourage you to vote the entire ballot, including the judicial retention ballot, which asks you to vote on whether to retain over 70 appellate and circuit court judges. The vast majority deserve to keep their job, but I urge you to vote “NO” on two candidates who were not rated “qualified” by most bar associations–Diane Gordon Cannon-Vote “NO” (mark 223) and Annie O’Donnell-Vote “NO” (mark 335).
(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?”