There will be over 18 different races on your ballot in the November 6th General Election. Keeping all those offices straight can be confusing. That's why Judge Davenport has put together the voter guide below; being an informed voter lets you vote with confidence.
Use the button below to visit the DuPage County Election Commission's website to look up your voting information. This will tell you all the different districts you live in, and will even give you access to a Sample Ballot to view before you go vote.
Below are all the offices that will be on your ballot in the election, in the order they appear.
The Governor of the State of Illinois is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Illinois. The Governor signs bills passed by the Illinois General Assembly into law, or vetoes them. He or she also is responsible for proposing the state budget annually and for appointing the heads of various executive agencies in the state. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to any term limits.
The Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois is an elected constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the executive branch and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of Illinois. He or she is responsible for any duties delegated to him or her by the Governor or by state law. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years as the running-mate of a candidate for Governor, and faces no term limits.
The Attorney General of Illinois is the highest legal officer of the state of Illinois. The Attorney General is responsible for providing legal counsel for the various state agencies including the Governor of Illinois and Illinois General Assembly. He or she also conducts all legal affairs pertaining to the state.
The Comptroller of the State of Illinois is the chief financial officer of the government of Illinois. The Comptroller maintains the state’s central fiscal accounts and orders payments into and out of those funds. The Comptroller signs all paychecks paid to state employees and contractors.
The Secretary of State of Illinois is the keeper of the official records, laws and Great Seal of the State of Illinois. These duties have remained unchanged since Illinois became a state in 1818. By statute, the Illinois Secretary of State is tasked with the duty of issuing licenses to Illinois-registered motor vehicles and their drivers. In addition, the Secretary of State is the Illinois state librarian and is the custodian of the Illinois State Capitol.
The Treasurer of the State of Illinois is responsible for the safekeeping and investment of state funds, and essentially acts as the state's bank. The Treasurer’s office also keeps track of unclaimed money owned by citizens and returns that money to them.
The United States Congress consists of 2 chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The next race for Senate in Illinois is in 2020, and will not be on your ballot this year. The members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms representing the people of a single constituency, known as a "district," and are not subject to term limits. Congressional districts are apportioned to states by population using the United States Census results, provided that each state has at least one congressional representative. To be eligible for election, a candidate must be at least 25 years old, have been a citizen of the United States for seven years, and be an inhabitant of the state which they represent.
DuPage County includes representatives from 6 Congressional districts:
3rd Congressional district:
The district covers parts of Cook, DuPage and Will counties. The DuPage County portion includes Argonne National Laboratory and parts of Lemont at the far southeast tip of the county.
5th Congressional district:
Covers parts of Cook and DuPage counties. DuPage communities in the district include Bensenville, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, and Oakbrook Terrace.
6th Congressional district:
Covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties. DuPage communities in the district include Bartlett, Carol Stream, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Saint Charles, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton, Winfield, and Willowbrook.
8th Congressional district:
Covers parts of Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties. DuPage communities in the district include Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Itasca, Lombard, Medinah, Oakbrook Terrace, Roselle, Villa Park, and Wood Dale.
11th Congressional district:
Covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will counties. The DuPage portion includes Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Darien, Lisle, Naperville, Willowbrook, and Woodridge.
14th Congressional district:
This district covers parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. The DuPage portion of the district includes the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and parts of Aurora, Warrenville, and West Chicago.
A complete map of Congressional districts for DuPage County can be found here:
The primary duties of the General Assembly are to pass bills into law, approve the state budget, confirm appointments to state departments and agencies, act on federal constitutional amendments, and propose constitutional amendments for Illinois. The General Assembly also has the power to override the Governor's vetoes through a three-fifths majority vote in each chamber. The General Assembly meets at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. In order to serve as a member in either chamber of the General Assembly, a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years of age, and a resident of the district which they represent for the two years preceding his/her election or appointment.
There are 2 chambers of the General Assembly:
The Illinois Senate:
It consists of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population. In order to avoid complete turnovers in Senate membership, some senators are elected to two-year terms while others are elected to four-year terms. A total of 39 seats out of the chamber's 59 seats are up for election in 2018.
There are 9 Illinois Senate districts that cover parts of DuPage County, of which the following 6 will be holding elections in 2018:
21st Legislative District
Carol Stream, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield.
23rd Legislative District
Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Itasca, Lombard, Medinah, Oakbrook Terrace, Wood Dale, Villa Park.
24th Legislative District
Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Westmont, Wheaton.
39th Legislative District
Addison, Bensenville, Wood Dale.
41st Legislative District
Argonne National Laboratory, Burr Ridge, Darien, Downers Grove, Lemont, Lisle, Naperville, Westmont, Willowbrook, Woodridge.
42nd Legislative District
The Illinois House of Representatives:
The House is made up of 118 representatives elected from individual representative districts for a two-year term with no term limits. All 118 House seats are up for election in 2018. Illinois state representatives serve two-year terms, with all seats up for election every two years.
There are 13 Illinois State Representative districts that cover parts of DuPage County:
41st Representative District
42nd Representative District
Carol Stream, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield.
45th Representative District
Addison, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Itasca, Medinah, Wood Dale.
46th Representative District
Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park.
47th Representative District
Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Westmont.
48th Representative District
Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lisle, Lombard, Wheaton.
49th Representative District
Aurora, Bartlett, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Saint Charles, Wayne, West Chicago.
56th Representative District
Hanover Park, Roselle.
77th Representative District
Addison, Bensenville, Wood Dale.
81st Representative District
Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Westmont, Woodridge.
82nd Representative District
Argonne National Laboratory, Burr Ridge, Darien, Lemont, Willowbrook, Woodridge.
84th Representative District
85th Representative District
A complete map of Illinois General Assembly districts for DuPage County can be found here:
The Superintendent is the chief executive officer of the DuPage Regional Office of Education. He or she also chairs the quarterly meetings of the DuPage Regional Board of School Trustees. The Regional Office of Education is a service organization whose responsibilities are defined by the Illinois School Code, the Illinois Administrative Code, mandates of the Illinois State Board of Education, and stakeholder needs. The Office creates and implements policies to maintain and improve standards in teacher quality, to broaden and improve curricula, to improve school safety, and to improve fiscal management of school districts. In addition to the services provided directly to educators and schools, the Office also provides services and support to community members, private schools, parents, children, business leaders, and others. The Regional Superintendent of Schools is elected every 4 years by a plurality of the vote across the whole county, and is not subject to term limits.
The County Board Chairman serves as the chief executive officer of DuPage County government, supervising the implementation of the County Board's policies and programs. He or she chairs County Board meetings, prepares their agenda, schedules meetings of the Board, prepares the proposed annual budget, and appoints members to numerous county advisory boards and commissions. The Chairman of the County Board is also the Liquor Control Commissioner for unincorporated areas of DuPage County. The Chairman is elected every 4 years by a plurality of the vote across the whole county, and is not subject to term limits.
The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in DuPage County. The Sheriff's Office directly serves the unincorporated areas of the county, containing a population of approximately 104,000, and also offers many county-wide services and initiatives, including the administration of the County Jail. The Sheriff is elected every 4 years by a plurality of the vote across the whole county, and is not subject to term limits.
The County Clerk is the Clerk of the DuPage County Board, the Secretary of the Emergency Telephone System Board, and the Secretary of the Liquor Control Commission. As such, the Clerk must attend all meetings, keep a record of the proceedings and attest to all ordinances and resolutions. The Clerk warrants the County Treasurer to pay all county bills. The County Clerk issues many different licenses: marriage, civil union, business, liquor, raffle, tobacco, amusement device and notary public; furnishes copies of birth, death, marriage and civil union certificates; and files and records economic interest statements of all officials in DuPage County. The County Clerk plays a vital role in the taxation process by compiling the up-to-date list of all county parcels of property for tax assessment, calculates the amount of tax for each parcel and certifies those amounts to the Treasurer for collection. The Clerk is elected every 4 years by a plurality of the vote across the whole county, and is not subject to term limits.
The DuPage County Treasurer is responsible for the custody and distribution of County funds; along with paying bills for DuPage County and a number of other governmental entities. He or she also serves as the DuPage County Collector of real estate taxes. As with the Illinois Treasurer, the County Treasurer acts as the bank for DuPage County government. He or she is also responsible for holding an annual tax sale and acting as the disbursement agent in condemnation settlements. The Treasurer is elected every 4 years by a plurality of the vote across the whole county, and is not subject to term limits.
The DuPage County Board holds all the powers of the County not assigned to county-wide elected officials or other boards. Overall, it is responsible for the management of County funds and business and also has fiscal and regulatory powers, especially in unincorporated areas. The Board sets policy for each department under its control and oversees the daily operations of county government. The County Board is the only body in the county that has the power to hold and dispose of property, make contracts, levy taxes, make appropriations, approve payments and otherwise manage the funds and business of the county. The County Board is also responsible for providing and keeping in repair the county courthouse and jail; for appointing certain county officers; for the granting of licenses; and for improving county and state highways. The County Board is also responsible for communicating and interacting with state and local county-wide elected officials.
There are 18 members of the DuPage County Board, elected from six County Board districts – three Members represent each district. To avoid a complete turnover in Board membership, some Members are elected to two-year terms and some are elected to four-year terms. In 2018, citizens may vote for TWO County Board Members to serve concurrent four-year terms in their district. County Board Members are elected by a plurality of votes in their district and are not subject to term limits.
The 6 County Board districts are as follows:
Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Elmhurst, Itasca, Roselle, Wood Dale.
Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, Westmont, Woodridge.
Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lemont, Naperville, Westmont, Willowbrook, Woodridge.
Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wheaton.
Aurora, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville.
Aurora, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Naperville, Roselle, Saint Charles, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Wheaton, Winfield.
A map of DuPage County Board districts can be found here:
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is a unit of government created by popular referendum in 2002, exclusively for the management and maintenance of DuPage County forest preserves. The President of the Forest Preserve District is the chief executive officer of the District and is responsible for supervising the implementation of the District Board's policies and programs. He or she chairs District Board meetings, prepares their agenda, schedules meetings of the Board, and prepares the proposed annual budget. The Forest Preserve District President is elected every 4 years by a plurality of the vote across the whole county, and is not subject to term limits.
The Forest Preserve District Board is a body of six Commissioners, one elected from each County Board district. The District Board is responsible for the management of District funds and business, sets policy for each department under its control, and oversees the daily operations of District government. The District Board may acquire and dispose of forest preserve land, contract for services, levy taxes, make appropriations, approve payments, issue permits and licenses, and otherwise manage the funds and business of the District. Forest Preserve District Commissioners are elected to four-year terms, and are not subject to term limits. To avoid a complete turnover of Board membership, only three districts have elections every two years. In 2018, Districts 1, 3, and 6 will be holding elections for their Forest Preserve Commissioners.
The 18th Judicial Circuit Court is the local court system of DuPage County, responsible for the trying of civil and criminal cases. The Circuit is served by 43 judges – 15 Circuit Judges and 28 Associate Judges. Associate Judges are appointed to the bench by the Circuit Judges. Whenever there is a vacancy in an Associate Judge position, the Circuit Judges accept applications for the position from qualified DuPage County attorneys. They then hold several votes among themselves to narrow the list of applicants to a pair of finalists, and then to a final appointee. Associate Judges are then reviewed by the Circuit Judges every four years and either re-appointed or dismissed. Circuit Judges are elected directly by the voters of DuPage County whenever a Circuit Judge seat becomes vacant. They are then subject to retention votes every six years – if 60% or more of the voters choose not to retain a Circuit Judge, they are dismissed and their seat becomes vacant.
In 2018, two Circuit Judge retirements have created two vacancies to be filled by the voters. Judge Blanche Hill-Fawell retired in mid-2016, and Judge Kathryn Creswell retired in late 2017. Separate elections are being held to fill each vacancy, and will be listed on your ballot individually.