Clinton Journal | Campaign season opens as candidates line up to file

SPRINGFIELD — The 2022 campaign season got off to a serious start on Monday as candidates lined up outside polling stations to hand in petitions to get their names on the ballot in the June 28 primary election.

Hundreds of candidates and their aides braved cold winds and snow early Monday to line up outside the Illinois State Board of Elections office in Springfield to secure their placement on the ballot.

Monday was the first day that candidates from established parties could file their petitions. The deadline for submitting petitions is Monday, March 14.

Illinois voters will vote this year for Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as State Constitutional Officers, the 118 seats in the Illinois House and the 59 seats in the State Senate, circuit, appeals court and state Supreme Court justices, congressional seats and a US Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tammy Duckworth.

Voters in parts of Illinois will also vote for county council members and various other local government offices.

This year’s primary was pushed back from its standard time in early March due to delays in the redistricting process caused by delays in the release of 2020 census data due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This revised schedule could have an impact on who will vote in the primary. The late June date means that many students who would normally vote on campus will be home for summer vacation while many other voters who would normally go in March may be on vacation.

“I don’t know. Hard to say, to be honest,” Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker said when asked how the revised date might affect the primary. as long as I can remember, then no. I’m excited. I really think we’re in great shape.

Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton are leading their first re-election bid this year. They won the 2018 election with 54.5% of the vote over former Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.

They are not expected to face primary opposition this year, but a full slate of Republican candidates are lining up to challenge them. Gubernatorial contenders include Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin; state Sen. Darren Bailey, of Xenia; former State Senator Paul Schimpf, of Waterloo; Chicago-area businessman Gary Rabine; and venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan of Petersburg, among others.

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