Be informed and prepared for election day by knowing what candidates will be on the ballot and where they stand on the issues.
The following federal, state, and local offices will be listed on your November 3rd ballot. Sample ballots are also available on the McLean County Clerk's website.
To report incorrect links or additional candidate information, email the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
Provided below are descriptions for each office you will potentially see on your ballot.
The President is both the head of state and head of government of the United States of America and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Under Article II of the Constitution, the President is responsible for the execution and enforcement of the laws created by Congress.
The U.S. Senate is one of two chambers of the federal legislature (Congress). Senators are responsible for writing and passing legislation, approving presidential appointments, and ratifying treaties with foreign countries. There are a total of 100 Senators, two from each state. Both senators represent you at the national level, their offices are in Washington, D. C.
US House of Representatives is one of two chambers for the federal legislature (Congress). Representatives begin the legislation process, offer amendments, and serve on committees. There are a total of 435 US Representatives, Illinois has a total of 18 – that number is given to us based on population and only one senator represents you, depending on where you live within the state. Their offices are in Washington, D. C.
Legislative authority and responsibilities include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. The representatives in the Illinois House represent you at the state level. Their offices are in Springfield.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court of McLean County (Circuit Clerk) is, by law, the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into the Circuit Court of McLean County. Other duties include gathering and reporting statistical data to various law enforcement and state government bodies, and receiving and disbursing fines, fees, and costs collected as a result of court actions. (Source)
The McLean County State's Attorney's Office is responsible for the prosecution of McLean County's most dangerous criminals. They also help and advise victims of crimes by providing advocacy for our citizens. Their job is not simply to gain convictions but to seek justice. (Source)
The County auditor is the only officer responsible for examining how all of the other departments are operating. The duties of the County Auditor are defined by the Illinois Statutues and include the following: analyzing county expenditures, auditing internally, certifying the availability of funds, monitoring your tax dollars, reporting financials, safeguarding county assets, scrutinizing county activities.
The primary responsibility of the McLean County Coroner's Office is to investigate all sudden and unexpected deaths that occur within the County. (Source)
The county board is both the legislative and executive branch of county government. It enacts ordinances and resolutions and administers the activities of county departments. They establish tax rates, authorize bond issues, reviews zoning, planning and land use matters, and considers appeals in granting or denying certain permits and licenses. (Source)
Serving counties of Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford. the circuit court is the court of original jurisdiction. The circuit court shares jurisdiction with the Supreme Court to hear cases relating to revenue, mandamus, prohibition, and habeas corpus. (Source)