Ken Menzel
Candidates and campaign staff lined up before 8 a.m. Monday in order to have a chance at being listed first on the March 2018 primary election ballot.
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Filing For Election, Finding Lines And Friendship

Monday was an important date on the way to the 2018 elections. It was the beginning of the period when Illinois candidates have to file petitions with, in some cases, thousands of signatures needed to get on the ballot. The filing period lasts a week, but for hundreds of candidates, it was worth it to be in line first thing Monday morning.

Judge’s Ruling Reduces Election Day Registration In Illinois

A federal judge has scaled back Election Day voter registration for highly populated areas in Illinois, a decision that sides Republicans who claimed in a lawsuit that last year's extension of same-day registration is unconstitutional. Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan's move on Tuesday temporarily blocks wider same-day registration lawmakers put into effect in 2015.

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