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Voter Resources


A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 General Primary Election


Primary Election: the process by which voters can indicate their preference for a candidate in an upcoming general election and narrows the field of candidates for various elected offices at the Federal, State, and Local levels of government. In Illinois, voters must declare their party affiliation at the time of voting and will receive one political party’s ballot.

Voting & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for their Recommendations for Election Polling Locations.

Important Dates

March 16 - Last day for early voting


March 17 - General Primary Election

Debates

DEMOCRATIC PARTY 

Sunday, March 15

Sponsors: CNN, Univision, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD

Watch: 8 p.m. CNN, Univision, CNN.com


REPUBLICAN PARTY
TBA

Candidates


Listed in alphabetical order. Click on the candidate title for a complete list.

U.S. President

In alphabetical order

Democratic Party
Joe Biden

Tulsi Gabbard

Bernie Sanders

Michael Bennet (Withdrawn)

Mike Bloomberg (Withdrawn)

Cory Booker (Withdrawn)

Pete Buttigieg (Withdrawn)

Julian Castro (Withdrawn)

John Delaney (Withdrawn)

Kamala Harris (Withdrawn)

Amy Klobuchar (Withdrawn)

Deval Patrick (Withdrawn)

Tom Steyer (Withdrawn)

Elizabeth Warren (Withdrawn)

Andrew Yang (Withdrawn)

Republican Party
Roque De La Fuente

Donald J. Trump

Congress

In alphabetical order

U.S. Senator - Democratic Party
Richard J. Durbin

U.S. Senator - Republican Party
Casey Chlebek

Mark C. Curran Jr.

Peggy Hubbard

Robert Marshall

Tom Tarter

IL 11th District - Democratic Party
Bill Foster

Rachel Ventura

IL 11th District - Republican Party
Krishna Bansal

Rick Laib

IL 14th District - Democratic Party
Lauren Underwood

IL 14th District - Republican Party
Anthony Catella

Jerry Evans

Ted Gradel

Catalina Lauf

James Marter

Jim Oberweis

Sue Rezin

State
In alphabetical order
House District 83 - Democratic Party
Barbara Hernandez

Juan Thomas

House District 83 - Republican Party
Donald Walter
No website available.
House District 84 - Democratic Party
Stephanie Kifowit

House District 84 - Republican Party
No Candidate

House District 50 - Democratic Party
No Candidate

House District 50 - Republican Party
Keith Wheeler

DuPage County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
Bruce C. Fogerty

William (Bill) White

County Auditor - Republican Party
Bob Grogan

Jeffrey Mack

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Candice Adams

Moon Khan

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
Chris Kachiroubas

County Coroner - Democratic Party
Gregory H. Whalen

County Coroner - Republican Party
Richard Jorgensen

County Recorder - Democratic Party
Kathleen V. Carrier

County Recorder - Republican Party
Ron Almiron

Babette Holder

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
Robert Berlin

Kane County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
Penny Wegman

County Auditor - Republican Party
Terry Hunt

County Board Chairman - Democratic Party
Greg Elsbree

Corinne M. Pierog

County Board Chairman - Republican Party
Chris Lauzen

David J. Rickert

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Theresa Barreiro

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
Thomas M. Hartwell

County Coroner - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Coroner - Republican Party
L. Robert Russell

County Recorder - Democratic Party
Brenda Rodgers
No website available.
County Recorder - Republican Party
Sandy Wegman

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
Junaid Afeef

Jamie Mosser

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
Robert Spence

Kendall County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Auditor - Republican PartyParty
No Candidate

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Ryan Kauffman

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
Emily Carlson

Michelle Halbesma

Matthew G. Prochaska

County Coroner - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Coroner - Republican Party
Jacquie Purcell

County Recorder - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County Recorder - Republican Party
No Candidate

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
No Candidate

County State's Attorney - Republican Party
Eric C. Weis

Will County

In alphabetical order

County Auditor - Democratic Party
Kevin Blackburn
No website available.
County Auditor - Republican PartyParty
No Candidate

County Circuit Court Clerk - Democratic Party
Andrea Lynn Chasteen

County Circuit Court Clerk - Republican Party
No Candidate

County Coroner - Democratic Party
Laurie Summers

Sean Talbot

County Coroner - Republican Party
James J. Piacentini
No website available.
County Recorder - Democratic Party
Karen A. Stukel

County Recorder - Republican Party
Gretchen Fritz

County State's Attorney - Democratic Party
James W. Glasgow
No website available.
County State's Attorney - Republican Party
No Candidate

Goverment Sites

  • DuPage County Clerk - The official website of the DuPage County Clerk.

  • Kane County Clerk - The official website of the Kane County Clerk.

  • Kendall County Clerk - The official website of the Kendall County Clerk.

  • Will County Clerk - The official website of the Will County Clerk.

  • Illinois State Board of Elections – A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information, and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.

  • Federal Voting Assistance Program – Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

  • Presidential Election Process – Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.

  • The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.

Campaign Finance

News Coverage of Election

  • Chicago Sun-Times – Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois elections including the 2020 presidential election.

  • Chicago Tribune – Includes a 2020 election voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking, and details on how to vote in Illinois.

  • Daily Herald – Includes 2020 election coverage including endorsements for local and state wide races.

  • New York Times 20 (More) Questions – New York Times asked 6 Democratic Presidential Candidates the same twenty questions. A quick way to get to know some of the candidates.

  • New York Times: Who’s Running for President 2020? – An up to the date accounting of who’s in and who’s out of the 2020 Presidential race including brief biographies of each candidate. An excellent source to quickly get up to speed on every presidential candidate.

Fact Checking

  • Annenberg Political Fact Check – Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

  • Center for Public Integrity – A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.

  • Newsguard -Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda, or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

  • Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

General Resources

  • BallotReady – A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience.  BallotReady let’s you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”

  • BestColleges.com Student Voting Guide – A nonpartisan guide designed for college students. It includes a bipartisan key issues guide and voter registration information for each state.

  • ProCon.org – Pros and cons of current issues. Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards. 

  • Project Vote Smart – A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

  • TurboVote – A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.

  • Vote411 - VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it's local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities. Brought to you by The League of Women Voters Education Fund.    

Political Parties

This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Aurora Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.