Petition Packets

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Petition packets for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election will be available August 28. Circulation periods and filing information, as well as suggested forms, are also available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website in the 2018 Candidate's Guide and 2018 Election & Campaign Finance Calendar.

Lake County Offices to be Nominated

  • County Clerk
  • Treasurer
  • Sheriff
  • Regional Superintendent of Schools
  • County Board Member, Districts 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21
  • North Shore Water Reclamation District, Wards 3 & 5

Lake County Offices to be Elected

  • City of Lake Forest Aldermen, Wards 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Precinct Committeemen

Circulation Dates


  • March General Primary
    September 5, 2017 - December 4, 2017

Filing Period


  • March General Primary
    November 27, 2017 - December 4, 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.