While setting the date for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, Illinois lawmakers this week also are trying to adjust the last day of filings for 2013 local races.
The last day for filing for non-partisan candidates in city elections and also local school boards, park boards and the John Wood Community College Board of Trustees is Christmas Eve, which means local governments must make sure someone is in the office to accept petitions that day. The filing deadline would now move to Dec. 26. Senate Bill 3338 was approved without opposition in both chambers and now heads to the Gov. Pat Quinn for consideration.
Quincy City Clerk Jenny Hayden said the clerk’s office would have closed at noon Christmas Eve and reopened from 4-5 p.m. If signed into law, filing will end at 5 p.m. Dec. 26.