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Politics Ain't Ending On Tuesday

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Politics Ain't Ending On Tuesday

The Illinois State Capitol looms large for some wannabe governors.

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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

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