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Candidate filing period for 2018 Illinois Primary is now open

Candidate filing period for 2018 Illinois Primary is now open

The candidate filing period for the 2018 Illinois General Primary started Monday.

Illinois State Board of Elections employees said they saw candidates or their staff standing in line to file as early as Friday.

About 50,000 sheets of paper were signed, sealed, and delivered on Monday. That’s about a half-million signatures.

The State Board of Elections website shows four gubernatorial candidates are officially in the running.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is one of those. He’s running for a second term on the Republican side.

Three Democrats have also filed so far and include JB Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, and Daniel Biss.

All four candidates running for governor filed right when the doors opened Monday morning.

That means the three Democrats will be entered into the lottery to determine whose name will be listed first on the March ballot.

“There is some sort of academic foundation for the idea that first place on the ballot does get the small advantage in votes,“ said Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The deadline for candidates the file is December 4.

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