Petition Packets


Petition packets for the February and April Consolidated Elections may be obtained from the local units of government (municipalities, library districts, park districts, etc.) Circulation periods and filing information, as well as suggested forms, are also available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website in the 2017 Candidate's Guide and 2017 Election & Campaign Finance Calendar).

Circulation Dates

  • February Consolidated Primary
    August 30, 2016 through November 28, 2016
  • April Consolidated Election
    September 20, 2016 through December 19, 2016

Filing Period

  • February Consolidated Primary
    November 21, 2016 through November 28, 2016
  • April Consolidated Election
    December 12, 2016 through December 19, 2016

Review of Petition Papers

The Lake County Clerk and staff cannot provide a review of nominating papers or legal opinions regarding petition papers. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to consult competent legal counsel regarding qualifications to seek office, preparation of petition papers, circulator requirements, signature requirements, etc. After petition papers have been filed, pages cannot be amended or added. A receipt for filing the required Statement of Economic Interests may be added until 5 p.m. on the last day to file.

Legal Objections to Nominating Papers

A candidate’s nominating papers are subject to legal challenge by qualified objectors when forms are incomplete or improperly completed. Appointments for reviewing the voter registration of petition signers should be made with the Lake County Clerk's Office.