The Vote Center
Step 1 Understand WTF these offices even do: Read the PROVIDED descriptions about the offices that will be on your ballot, and then scan the QR code to learn more.
Step 2 Choose your political party: In Illinois, THE Primary Election on June 28TH is a CLOSED PRIMARY. This means you must choose to vote Democrat, Republican, LIBERTARIAN, or Independent.
Step 3 Explore the candidates by following the QR CODES BY each office: Get your full personalized ballot and learn more about THE candidates by visiting Ballotready.org.
Step 4 Trouble at the Polls: If you are eligible to vote, you should never be turned away from the polls. For questions or any issues at the polls, the Election Protection hotline provides free non-partisan voting assistance from legal advocates; call 1 (866) OUR-VOTE or 1 (866) 687-8683.
In Illinois, you do NOT need to show identification to vote after you have voted the first time, nor should election workers ask you for ID. You can vote on Election Day or early, and in-person or by mail. In addition, you can also request ballot and election materials in a non-English language!
Have a record?
You have the right to vote in Illinois! As long as you’re not currently serving time inside a correctional institution, you have the right to vote!
Voting on Election Day:
You can vote in person on Election Day at the precinct/polling location that is printed on your voter card. You can only vote here on Election Day.
Beginning May 31st, anyone can vote at the Chicago Board of Elections Supersite at 191 N. Clark. You can also vote in person from June 13th until June 27th at any of the Chicago 50 early voting locations.
Requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot:
The deadline to apply to Vote By Mail is 5:00 pm on June 23, 2022.
Visit the State Board of Election’s website, find your county’s ballot application form, and complete the ballot application online or by mail.
Once you receive your ballot, fill it out and then mail it in, or put it in an official drop-box.
As of 2020, Illinois allows you to drop your mail-in ballot at a secure drop-box outside of early voting and Election Day polling locations.
*Deadline is June 23rd at 5 pm.
The governor is the big cheese, the head honcho. They can forgive criminal convictions, send in the National Guard, veto laws, and even decide where our taxpayer money goes. The governor can move state budgets to make scholarships, build parks, roads, and support affordable housing, etc. Within the state of Illinois, the governor is the top dog; politically no one has more power (except for the people of course).
Our current governor, Governor JB Pritzker, was elected in 2018. In the upcoming election, we have an opportunity to either elect him back into office or elect a new governor. There are two (2) other Democrats and ten (10) Republicans running in this election.
The lieutenant governor (LG) is second in command within the executive branch. They meet with leaders across the state to learn about the issues people care about and work with the governor to ensure they are addressed. There are several different initiatives and councils within the state of Illinois that are led by the LG. The Justice, Equity, and Opportunity initiative & the Illinois Council on Women and Girls are some of them. The LG will step up if the governor cannot fulfill their duties.
Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton is our current Lt. Governor. There are two (2) other Democrats and three (3) Republicans running in this election.
The attorney general is the chief legal officer, or the head lawyer, and protects the interests of Illinois community residents. They work on civil lawsuits like housing discrimination, propose legislation, and, of course, ensure laws are followed. The attorney general is an advocate for the people of Illinois; they’re meant to look out for you!
Examples of issues the attorney general would be involved in:
- The attorney general sued a chicken farm for polluting the Illinois River with chicken waste and chemicals.
- Any discrimination cases based on race, color, disability status, sex, religion, or denial of other constitutional rights.
Our current attorney general is Kwame Raoul and there are two (2) Republicans running against him in this election.
Secretary of State
The secretary of state is the keeper of official records, such as your driver’s license. They employ the people who issues state ID’s and keep track of the state’s archive and library. They run the DMV and are responsible for implementing automatic voter registration.
Getting your ID/driver’s license at the secretary of state’s office or the DMV sucks – it needs updating. This is our time to elect someone who can make these systems better! Almost everybody will go through the secretary of state’s office at some point and with your vote, you can make that process suck a little less.
There are three (3) Democratic and three (3) Republican candidates for office!
The Illinois treasurer is our state’s banker and investor. They take care of the state’s savings, debts, and investments. They prepare financials for state disaster preparation and pension plans, protect our state’s money through fraud prevention and manage public funds.
The budget for the office was $3,262,020,000 in the fiscal year 2022. That’s a ton of money for the treasurer, which also means that’s a lot of our money. They, along with the comptroller, contribute to deciding how our tax dollars are spent.
Our current treasurer is Mike Frerichs and there are two (2) Republicans running against him in this election.
The comptroller is our state’s chief financial officer (CFO). For the fiscal year 2022, they have an office budget of $175,430,000 to pay the state’s bills and monitor funds to ensure the proper use of state funds. The comptroller proposes what to do with our taxes and serves as an internal control for our finances, hiring an auditor if needed. Illinois’ comptroller is another person putting your tax dollars into use for the state. It is important to ensure they are spending your money the way you want.
Our Current IL Comptroller, Susana Mendoza, is running against two (2) Republicans this election.
The State Senate and State House together are called the State Legislature. These offices work to bring up ideas for new laws and have the power to put those new ideas into the books. Every office is up for election this year, that is 118 state lawmakers.
State representatives and state senators pass or kill bills, vote on budgets, re-vote on any bills that were vetoed by the Governor, and can vote to impeach (remove from the office) some Illinois office holders like the governor or a State Supreme Court Justice.
The Illinois House and Senate determine the bills that will become law; the laws you must follow and the laws you can push to change. Make the decision to Hire or Fire your State lawmakers today!!
The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives together are called Congress. Their role is similar to state-level senators and representatives. Members of Congress deal with national issues such as immigration and refugee resettlement. They can determine if there will be loan forgiveness, federal checks for disaster relief, national legalization of cannabis, and more. Each state has two US Senate seats. The number of U.S. House seats is based on the state population – Illinois has 18 US House seats.
This year, Illinois has 17 seats up the ballot in the U.S. House and one in the US Senate. Our current Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth will be running against eight (8) Republicans.
The Cook County Clerk’s Office handles departments such as voting/elections, public records, and property documents. You may have to visit the Clerk’s office if you get married, someone dies, or you want to change your name. They are responsible for the proper functioning of your polling place and ensuring votes are being counted fairly. If you’re buying property and paying taxes on it, then you’re going to deal with the Cook County Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s office provides City Keys/IDs for people that are undocumented, and cannot get a state ID.
Our current Cook County Clerk, Karen Yarbrough, is running against one Libertarian.
The County Board passes county tax hikes (property taxes, sugar tax, and cigarette tax) and works on general community development. The board is made up of 17 elected county commissioners. They listen to community concerns and fulfill federal and state requirements for the county. Each fiscal year, the board releases the “Annual Appropriation Bill” in which the board appropriates funds for the operations of the county.
On any given day, there are over 5,000 people awaiting trial at Cook County Jail. The Cook County Sheriff oversees the employees and individuals detained in the Cook County Jail. They are responsible for the safe transportation of individuals from jail custody to prison and if the person is released, they are responsible for their re-entry process. The sheriff controls the conditions of the jail along with daily systems and procedures.
There are three (3) Democrats and one (1) Libertarian.
Cook County Board President
The President is the County Board’s CEO. They preside over Board meetings, have the power to veto Board resolutions and ordinances, and are required to submit a budget to the Board that sets the stage for the “Annual Appropriation Bill”. They also oversee the administration of the County government (except for the responsibilities held by other elected officials) and appoint County department heads that fall under the Board’s jurisdiction with the Board’s consent.
Toni Preckwinkle is the current president of the County Board and has been in office since 2010. There are two (2) other Democrats and one (1) Libertarian running in this election.
HOW TO READ THE GUIDE:
1. A vacancy has to be filled, your options are listed in the order you will see them on the ballot.
2. Listed is the % of bar associations finding the candidate to be 100% qualified or recommended.
3. Listed are names of bar associations finding the candidate to be 0% qualified or flagged by Injustice Watch.
4. Listed are names that had no further information other than the bar association evaluations in Black.
5. Names listed with an (R) will only appear on a Republican primary ballot.
*Information is provided by VoteForJudges.org and injusticewatch.org. Evaluation based on data from the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening on 6/1/22.
IL Supreme Court
Supreme Court Vacancies
2nd District: Thomas Vacancy
Democratic primary election
Elizabeth M. Rochford
Republican primary election
John A. Noverini
3rd District: Kilbride Vacancy
Democratic primary election
Republican primary election
Michael J. Burke
The state supreme court is where people decide what the law really means if there is debate within the courts.
The state is divided into five districts, with three justices being elected from district one (Cook County) and one being elected from each of the four other districts.
ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT – HALL VACANCY
Russell “Russ” Hartigan 92%
Dominique C. Ross 42%
Debra B. Walker 67%
ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT- HARRIS VACANCY
Raymond W. Mitchell 67%
Devlin Joseph Schoop 58%
John H. Ehrlich 58%
Cook County Circuit Court Countywide Candidates
Howard B. Brookins, Jr. 67%
Ubi O. O’Neal 0%
Lisa Michelle Taylor 92%
CALLAHAN, JR. VACANCY
Mary Bernadette McMahon 67%
Suzanne Therese McEneely 100%
Tracie Porter 100%
Diana López 100%
Mable Taylor 0%
Monica G. Somerville 83%
Thomas E. Nowinski 92%
Carmen Migdalia Quinones 33%
Elizabeth “Beth” Ryan 100%
Yolanda Harris Sayre 92%
Rena Marie Van Tine 100%
Wende Williams 0%
Deidre Baumann 92%
Paul Joyce IJ Flag 67%
Michael Weaver 100%
Chelsey Renece Robinson 92%
Ruth Isabel Gudino 83%
Araceli R. De La Cruz 100%
Jacqueline Marie Griffin 83%
Dan Balanoff 25%
Thomas More Donnelly 58%
Claudia Silva-Hernandez 0%
Meridth Vanae Hammer 0%
JOHNSON VACANCY (1st Subcircuit)
Maria M. Barlow 0%
John W. Wilson 100%
GAVIN VACANCY (4th Subcircuit)
Nick Kantas 100%
Amanda Moira Pillsbury 58%
ROGERS VACANCY (4th Subcircuit)
Jerry Barrido 92%
Chloe Georgianna Pedersen 67%
Shawnte Raines-Welch 83%
Patrick Campanelli 0%
PORTMAN-BROWN VACANCY (5th Subcircuit)
David L. Kelly 100%
Jenetia Marshall 92%
SHELLEY VACANCY (5th Subcircuit)
Timothy W. Wright, III 92%
Judie Lyn Smith 83%
Tiffany N. Brooks 33%
Jackie Marie Portman-Brown 42%
ARAUJO VACANCY (6th Subcircuit)
Charles “Charlie” Beach 92%
VEGA VACANCY (6th Subcurcuit)
David S. Rodriguez 83%
Kerrie Maloney Laytin 92%
MARTIN VACANCY (7TH Subcircuit)
Marcia O’Brien Conway 92%
Owens “Joe” Shelby 83%
GORDON VACANCY (8th Subcircuit)
Pat Casey 42%
Bradley R. Trowbridge 92%
John Fritchey 58%
LIPSCOMB VACANCY (8th Subcircuit)
Jennifer Bae 92%
Stephen Swedlow 100%
Cleveland Vacancy (9th subcircuit)
Sanjay Tailor 100%
Ann Buran-Vongher 42%
Jacobius Vacancy (9th subcircuit)
Basileios “Bill” John Foutris 100%
Torrick Alan Ward 92%
Barry Goldberg 67%
Don R. Sampen 83%
McGuire vacancy (11th subcircuit)
Chris Taliaferro 34%
Aileen Bhandari 100%
Groebner vacancy (13th subcircuit)
Christine Svenson 75% (R)
Gary William Seyring 92% (R)
Dominic J Buttitta, Jr 67% (R)
James “Jack” Costello 67%
Joe Gump 100%
Brown vacancy (14th subcircuit)
Iris Y. Chavira 0%
Jagielski vacancy (14th subcircuit)
Steve Demitro 92%
Viviana Martinez 50%
Jorge V. Cazares 42%
Lawler vacancy (15th subcircuit)
Bernadette Barrett 67%
Jim Gleffe 16%
Judges have power over the way in which a case is conducted. They are to act in an impartial, fair, and unbiased manner.
Cook County Circuit Court judges are elected to six-year terms.
- People who have not been convicted and are awaiting trial in jail are eligible to vote.
- If you have a felony and have completed your sentence, you can vote.
- Only people currently serving a sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections cannot vote.
Important Election Dates
Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 31st and continues through Election Day on Tuesday, June 28th.
Online Voter Registration Deadline is Sunday, June 12th – 11:59 PM.
Absentee Ballot Request Forms are due on Thursday, June 23rd, 2020 -5:00 PM .
*Ballot mailings will begin mid May.
Absentee Ballots Return Deadline is Tuesday, June 28th. Your ballot must be postmarked and placed in the mail ON OR BEFORE Election Day!