Illinois State Board of Elections News

First quarter reports in for Madison County circuit judge campaign; Smith leads with more than $65K raised

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 18, 2017

Campaign finance records with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Madison County Circuit Judge Sarah Smith has received the most contributions in the first quarter of her campaign for circuit judge with a total of $65,355.

Seventh Circuit affirms summary judgment for ISBE

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 13, 2017

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for several Illinois State Board of Elections officials in a suit filed by the Green Party over excess candidate requirements for unestablished parties in Illinois.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

By Ann Maher | Oct 11, 2017

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.

Voters have lots of write-in options; Insider says ballot challenges are easier and cheaper for party in control

By Ann Maher | Mar 21, 2017

Having had their nomination petitions challenged and their names thrown off the ballot, most of the 34 people running as write-ins across St. Clair County are doing so as a last resort in the upcoming April 4 consolidated election.

Illinois voter data analysis finds voters registered two, three, even four times

By LGIS Newsfeed | Feb 9, 2017

A recent analysis by Local Government Information Services (LGIS) found almost 50,000 duplicate voter registration records, representing Illinois residents who are registered multiple times.

Watchdogs searching for corruption across Illinois say they're finding it

By Amanda Robert | Feb 2, 2017

It’s obvious that Illinois faces a long list of problems – a history of public corruption, never-ending financial trouble and the continued exodus of people and businesses – but who or what is at fault is a little harder to understand.

Asbestos lawyer-funded PAC using 'underhanded' tactics with negative campaign flyers, critics say

By Ann Maher | Nov 4, 2016

Campaign advertising that depicts Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore as judicial "activists" in flyers sent to Republican households and as "judicial bobbleheads for Bruce Rauner" in flyers sent to Democratic households have infuriated supporters of the judges.

The auditor general has no clothes!

By The Madison County Record | Oct 11, 2016

When a vain and foolish emperor is persuaded to appear before his subjects in a new suit of “invisible” clothes, no one dares to point out that he isn't wearing anything – except a precocious child.

Liberty Justice Center challenges Illinois Election Day voter law

By Deana Carpenter | Aug 9, 2016

CHICAGO - The Liberty Justice Center in Chicago has announced a lawsuit against the state board of elections that seeks to challenge the Illinois Election Day voter registration law.

Charlie Meier: Passage of proposed redistricting reform on November ballot 'is going to be huge'

By Karen Kidd | May 31, 2016

This year's proposed redistricting reform measure would draw lines based on simple grids to take in a certain number of residents rather than try to determine districts by likely partisan voters, Meier said.

Candidates for Fifth District and Twentieth Judicial raise mostly modest sums in first quarter

By Ann Maher | Apr 20, 2016

First quarter fund-raising by candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court was most active in Judge Brad Bleyer's campaign, according to records from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Public deserves full hearing in neutral courts

By The Madison County Record | Jan 27, 2016

Ah, the good old days! When a mediocre lawyer or some political hack could get elected judge and stay on the bench for the rest of his life.

State Board of Elections set to hear objections to St. Clair County judges' candidacies Jan. 20

By Ann Maher | Jan 14, 2016

The Illinois State Board of Elections will meet next week to hear challenges to the candidacies of three sitting circuit judges who have chosen unusual paths toward keeping their positions. Twentieth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John Baricevic and Circuit Judges Robert LeChien and Robert Haida submitted letters of resignation to Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman both on Aug. 3 and Aug. 14, 2015, writing that they intended to seek election to their seats rather than to seek retenti

Andy Economy resigns from Board of Commissioners amid scandal

By Hanna Nakano | Nov 19, 2015

Hours before the Nov. 18 meeting in which the Madison County Board was to vote on Andy Economy’s removal as president of the Board of Commissioners of the Metro East Sanitary District, Economy resigned.

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