With people filing for school, park, village, library, village, community college posts today, this is probably too late for most.
Nevertheless, because of the challenge of Crystal Lake Council candidate Robert S. Miller’s petitions (filed earlier), the tips below might help some clandidates:
Filing for all villages, school boards, park districts, fire protection districts, library districts, etc., starts next Monday and continues for a week.
The lessons candidates should learn from this are
- File with the County Clerk a Statement of Economic Interest (known by politicians as the “None, None, None” form). Staple the receipt you receive to your petition package.
- Make sure you number the pages of your petition.
- Make sure you get twice as many petition signatures as you need. (While Crystal Lake Council candidate Jeremy Krick was not thrown off the ballot because two of his sixteen signatures were from people living outside of Crystal Lake, that would have been a good enough reason to do so. Losing those two signatures put him under the required minimum number of fifteen.)
- Make sure you sign the bottom of your petitions or have your supporters sign the bottom of their petitions in front of a notary public and that those notarizing the signatures both sign and affix their stamps to the form’s bottom.
- Staple all of your paperwork together. Do not use a paper clip.
- The Loyalty Oath is not required. The law that provided for it has been held unconstitutional.