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Politics Ain't Ending On Tuesday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    I recently heard a Chicago political pro remark, “2014 begins on Wednesday.” The point is, in Chicago -- which, it’s said, is to politics what Paris is to romance -- the election schedule NEVER ENDS. Like the commercialized holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, our elections bleed together and trip all over each other. So just you’ve recycled all the campaign mailers from the presidential election, your box will start filling up with literature from people running for township road supervisor, school board trustee, and mayor.

    Here’s what we have to look forward to:

    Caucuses for nomination township officials: Dec. 4 and 5, 2012

    Filing deadline for candidates in the spring consolidated elections: Dec. 17-24, 2012

    Spring consolidated election: April 9, 2013

    Candidates may begin circulating petitions for the 2014 primaries: Sept. 3, 2013

    Candidates must file petitions for the 2014 primaries: Nov. 25-Dec. 2, 2013

    2014 primary election: March 18, 2014

    Candidates for mayor may begin circulating petitions: Sept. 8, 2014

    2014 general election: Nov. 4, 2014

    Deadline to file for Chicago mayoral election: Dec. 8, 2014

    Chicago municipal election: Feb. 24, 2015

    Municipal run-off election: April 7, 2015

    Candidates may begin circulating petitions for the 2016 primaries: Sept. 7, 2015

    Candidates must file petitions for the 2016 primaries: Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2015

    2014 primary election March 22, 2016

    2016 presidential election Nov. 8, 2016