Dan Hendrickson, Kankakee County Clerk, announced that prospective candidates interested in running for specific offices in the March 17, 2020 General Primary Election may now obtain their nominating petition packets with the County Clerk’s office.  Packets may be picked up at the County Clerk’s office, located at 189 East Court Street in Kankakee, or may be downloaded from the County Clerk’s website, https://www.kankakeecountyclerk.com/all-forms/  The first day to circulate petitions was September 3rd.

 Every precinct in Kankakee County will hold elections for political party nominees for offices including President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, Illinois General Assembly, Countywide Offices, County Board Members and Precinct Committeemen.

 Only candidates running for a county office – Circuit Clerk, Recorder, Auditor, Coroner, State’s Attorney, County Board or Precinct Committeemen will submit their petitions with the County Clerk’s office.  Candidates running for other offices will file with the State Board of Elections in Springfield.  Prospective candidates must file their petitions between November 25th and December 2nd.  The office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

 Candidates running for the same office that file simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. on November 25th will be eligible for a lottery to determine the top position on the March 17th ballot, Hendrickson said. Candidates who file within the last hour for filing on December 2nd will be eligible for a lottery to determine the last position on the ballot.