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Candidate Filing for 2016 Primary Elections Begins Monday

As a sign that the 2016 elections are inching closer and closer, the frenzied candidate filing for the spring primaries is set to begin Monday morning.

Anyone interested in running for office can get in line and file the necessary paperwork to enter the March primary elections. Candidates are expected to line up well before the doors open to ensure a top spot on the ballot.

Candidates running for clerk of the circuit court, recorder of deeds, state's attorney, county board of review (Districts 1 and 2), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and ward committeemen for the city of Chicago will be required to submit their paperwork to Cook County Clerk David Orr's office.

The candidates running for federal, state or judicial offices, such as the U.S. or State Senate, will file with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Filing in Cook County begins at 9 a.m. at the Cook County Administration Building, located at 69 W. Washington St. The deadline to file is Nov. 30.

The most high-profile primary election will be the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate race in Illinois. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (8th District) will face off against former Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp and State Sen. Napoleon Harris, who formally entered the race this week. Duckworth is considered the frontrunner of the race, but both Zopp and Harris will be competing for the African-American vote, which could prove crucial in the election.

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