march primary

Two of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 67th District Illinois House seat have been removed from the ballot.

The seat has been occupied since 2014 by State Rep. Litesa Wallace, who is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss.

Former Rockford School Board member Lisa Jackson and former business owner Wladimiro “Jesse” Aguirre were removed Thursday for failure to have at least 500 valid signatures on their nominating petitions.

A total of 27 seats in the Illinois General Assembly representing northern Illinois will be on the ballot in 2018, but there will be only six contests in the March primary.

Five of them are for Illinois House seats, with the biggest field in the 67th District in Rockford. Six Democrats are seeking the nomination for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Litesa Wallace. No Republican has filed in that race.

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Starting Monday, Illinois candidates began filing petitions to get their names on the March 20th Democratic and Republican primary ballots.

Candidates have until next Monday, December 4, to file their petitions with local election officials for county offices, or with the State Board of Elections for state and congressional offices. That’s followed by another week when objections to those petitions can be filed. Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says only then does work begin on actually laying out the ballot.