On November 4, 2014 the General Election will be held and Highland Park residents will vote for the Congressional offices of United States Senator and United States House of Representatives (10th District), Illinois State House Representative (58th District), the State of Illinois Executive Offices, and Lake County Executive Offices. The ballot also includes “Judicial Candidates Seeking Retention in Office”, two proposed amendments to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and several statewide advisory questions.
What's on your ballot? Where is your polling place? Are you registered to vote? Lake County Voter Power web site can answer these questions. Other voting information is available on the Lake County Voter Services page.
Early Voting begins on Monday, October 20th and ends on Sunday, November 2nd. The early voting polling place for Highland Park residents is Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For those who do not live in Highland Park, see your early voting sites here.
Candidate biographies, positions on issues, and other information are available at the League of Women Voters of Illinois Voters Guide 2014, Chicago Tonight's Politics page, and the Chicago Tribune's Election Center.
The Illinois Bar Association has ratings for the Judicial Candidates.
The proposed amendments and statewide advisory questions are (ballot wording):
- Proposed amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution makes changes to Section 8.1 of Article 1 of the Illinois Constitution, the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. The proposed amendment would expand certain rights already granted to crime victims in Illinois, and give crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.
- The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment would prohibit any law that disproportionately affects the rights of eligible Illinois citizens to register to vote or cast a ballot based on the voter's race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or income. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.
- Statewide Advisory Question: "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?"
- Statewide Advisory Question: "Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?"
- Statewide Advisory Question: "Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?"
Additional information about the proposed amendments and advisory questions and available in the "Proposed Amendments and Addition to the Illinois Constitution" produced by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, and the League of Women Voters of Illinois "Constitutional Amendments and Advisory Referenda Ballot Questions" page.
If you need additional information or help in navigating these web sites, stop by the Reference Desk or call 847/681-7031 and the Reference Librarians will be happy to help you.