elections

DeKalb and Sycamore held lotteries this week to determine which candidates would appear first on their local ballots.  

For DeKalb's mayoral race, incumbent John Rey will appear first on the ballot.  Following him are Jerry Smith, Michael Embrey, and Misty Haji-Sheikh.  

DeKalb also determined the order of candidates for its Ward 2 Alderman  race.  First is incumbent Bill Finucane, followed by William Lamb and Barry Federici.   

  It’s easier for Democrats or Republicans to get on the ballot in Illinois than Independents or other parties.  Libertarians  say the system's rigged.
                                                           
Republicans and Democrats running for the U-S Senate or Comptroller this year need at least 5,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot. Other candidates need at least five times more than that. 

FLICKR/ LEONARD J. DEFRANCISCI

The country seems especially divided over the 2016 race for president. But there was a time in Illinois history when division led to bloodshed over political campaigns. 

City of DeKalb

The filing period for DeKalb city candidates’ petitions for the April election starts next week and ends Dec. 22.

The offices up for election are: Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and City Clerk.

Petition packets are filed with the City Clerk’s office. The Candidates’ Guide can be downloaded from the city’s website.

It was 50 years ago last month that a new type of campaign commercial aired -- one devised to make President Lyndon Johnson's opponent look bad, rather than to extol his own virtues. "Daisy" only aired once, it was so controversial: the scene of a girl pulling petals off a flower crossed into one of an exploding bomb.  That commercial changed the political landscape. Any inhibitions campaigns may have had in 1964 have long since vanished. Now, negative ads are the norm.

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