Petition Packets

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Petition packets for the March 2018 Primary Election will be available in late August, subject to the Illinois State Board of Elections release of official information. 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


  • March General Primary
    September 2017

Filing Period


  • March General Primary
    Late 2017

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.