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updated: 9/3/2013 12:00 PM

2014 campaigns officially start today

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Submitted by Cook County Clerk David Orr

Candidates for the March 18, 2014 primary can begin circulating petitions today, Sept. 3, for national, state, county. judicial, township committeemen, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and regional superintendent offices.

Prospective primary candidates must file their nomination papers between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 2013. The primary will be held March 18 and the general election on Nov. 4, 2014.

Offices up in 2014 are U.S. Senator (Dick Durbin's seat); U.S. Representatives; Illinois Governor/Lieutenant Governor; Illinois Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Comptroller and State Treasurer; some state senators; all state representatives; Supreme, Appellate, Circuit and Subcircuit court judges (to fill vacancies if required). In Cook County, also elected will be the Cook County Board President, county commissioners, Assessor, Clerk, Treasurer, Sheriff, Board of Review Commissioner (3rd District), some Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners, the Regional Superintendent of Schools and township committeemen.

Cook County Clerk David Orr recommends that all candidates seek the advice of an attorney before submitting nomination paperwork.

"Prospective candidates run the risk of being thrown off the ballot if they do not gather enough valid signatures or if they do not submit the proper paperwork on time," Orr said.

Under state law, all candidates must gather signatures from registered voters before their names can appear on the ballot. The number of signatures required varies, depending on which office the candidate is seeking.

Prospective candidates can download and print petition forms from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The deadline to file objections to a candidacy or nominating petitions is Dec. 9, 2013.

For information in Cook County, visit