Illinois primary election moves up
primary date gives Illinois louder voice in presidential election
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[June 20, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich signed legislation Wednesday sponsored by House Speaker
Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones that moves the
Illinois primary election to the first Tuesday in February from the
third Tuesday in March. In 2008, that means an Illinois primary on
Feb. 5, which will give Illinoisans a louder voice in the
presidential election process. As many as 20 states may have their
2008 general primaries on Feb. 5, including New York, California,
Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey, creating what is referred to as
"Illinois is the fifth-largest state in the country. The people who
live here deserve to play a bigger role in deciding who the
presidential candidates will be," Blagojevich said.
House Bill 426, which overwhelmingly passed both chambers of the
General Assembly, also affects all other public offices up for
primary election in even-numbered years, including those for
Congress, the General Assembly, local government and school boards.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]