Election 2016

On November 8, 2016 Highland Park residents will vote for federal, state, and local offices as well as an amendment the 1970 Illinois Constitution.

Voting Information

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 site.

Grace Period Voter Registration: "After registration closes 27 days before each election, grace period registration is available at the Lake County Clerk's office, 18 N County St. Waukegan. A voter who registers or changes address during this grace period must vote at the time of registration. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Beginning 15 days before Election Day, grace registration is available at any Early Voting Site. Grace registration is also available on Election Day at the Polling Place for your current address."

Early Voting

  • Begins on Thursday, September 29th and ends on Monday, November 7th.
  • Lake County Clerk's Office, 18 N. County St., Room 101, Waukegan IL (847/377-2410) will offer early voting from September 29-October 21, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Lake County residents can vote at any of the Lake County early voting sites from October 24-November 5. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
  • The early voting site in Highland Park is the Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road.
  • State mandated early voting sites with extended hour from October 24-November 7 are Gurnee Village Hall, Jane Addams Center, Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex, and North Chicago City Hall. For addresses and hours of operation click here.
  • You do not need to show a valid, photo ID to vote if your registration is active and current. Read the Illinois Attorney General's Office press release about voting rights.

Election Day: November 8, 2016 the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To find your polling place, a sample ballot, and other election information, visit Lake County Voter Power.

Federal Offices


United States Senator

10th Congressional District Representative

State Offices


29th State Senate District

58th General Assembly Representative

Lake County Offices

Lake County Circuit Court Clerk

Lake County Coroner

Lake County Recorder

Lake County State's Attorney

Lake County Board Member District 11


Judge of the Circuit Court 19th Judicial Court 4th Subcircuit

  • Mitchell L. Hoffman (D)
  • No Candidate (R)

Judicial Retention

Lake County Bar Association Judicial Ratings. Illinois Bar Association Judicial Ratings for Lake County and all Illinois counties.

  • Margaret J. Mullen
  • Victoria A. Rossetti
  • Jorge L. Ortiz
  • Diane E. Winter
  • Mark L. Levitt

Proposed Amendment to the 1970 Illinois Constitution

Explanation of Amendment (ballot language): The Proposed amendment adds a new section to the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administrating laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.

For proposed addition of Section 11 to Article IX of the Illinois Constitution.


Commission on Presidential Debates: "The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates."

Presidential Debates

The debates will be shown from 8:00-9:30 pm CT with no commercial interruptions on all major broadcast networks, as well as, cable news channels.

Debate 1: September 26, 2016

  • Moderator: Lester Holt
  • Topics: America's Direction; Achieving Prosperity; Securing America
  • Format: Six 15-minute time segments with two 15-minute segments focusing on the moderator selected topics.
  • Video and Transcript

Debate 2: October 9, 2016

  • Moderators: Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper
  • Topics: Half the questions will be asked by audience members and half will be asked by the moderators.
  • Format: Town Hall
  • Video and Transcript

Debate 3: October 19, 2016

  • Moderator Chris Wallace
  • Topics: Debt and Entitlements, Immigration, Economy, Supreme Court, Foreign Hot Spots, Fitness to be President
  • Format: same as Debate 1.
  • Video and Transcript

Vice President Debate: October 4, 2016

  • Moderator: Elaine Quijano
  • Format: Nine timed segments of about 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask a question and each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond with the remainder of the time for discussion.
  • Video and Transcript

Senatorial Debates

  • Debate 1: October 3, 2106 -- Chicago Tribune editorial board (both campaigns have agreed to this debate). Article and video
  • Debate 2: October 24, 2016 -- University of Illinois Springfield, State Journal-Register, WICS-20, and WMAY (both campaigns have agreed to this debate). Video
  • Debate 3: Nov. 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m. -- ABC-7 Chicago, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WGBO-Univision (both campaigns have agreed to this debate). Watch live: Channel 7.2 (Live Well Network, Comcast 217?), abc7chicago.com; watch taped: Channel 7, 10:35 p.m. and Univision (Channel 66.1) 10:00 a.m. on Sunday November 6.

10th Congressional District Debate

  • October 23, 2016 --  ABC-7 Chicago. Video (scroll down the page to debate video)
  • November 1, 2016 -- Chicago Tonight. Video

Illinois Comptroller

  • October 25, 2016 -- Chicago Tonight. Video

Voter Education

AAUW's Voter Guides

"For pressing races across the country, the AAUW Action Fund voter guides provide nonpartisan information about candidates’ positions on issues like equal pay, education, campaign finance, and reproductive rights. Candidates’ positions on the issues are determined using their voting records, public statements, and campaign position papers, as well as information posted by trusted sources on the Internet."
 President, Vice President, Senate, and 10th Congressional District.


"Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government."

Ballotready.org: League of Women Voters of Illinois has partnered with ballotready.org to be the state League's voter guide. Enter your address and receive a personalized listing of candidates (President, Senate, Congressional District, State and Local offices as well as Judicial candidates and local referenda).

Better Government Association-Reboot Illinois

Candidate Questionnaires for U.S. Senate candidates and Comptroller candidates.

League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood:

The League will sponsor a US and IL Candidate Forum on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Lake Forest High School (1285 N McKinley Rd, Lake Forest) starting at 1:30 p.m. Congressional 10th Dist. - Bob Dold vs Brad Schneider, State Senate 29th Dist. - Julie Morrison vs. Ben Salzberg, and State Rep 58th Dist - Scott Drury vs Martin Blumenthal.

Reboot Illinois Voting Headquarters:

"Reboot Illinois is the go-to hub for news, views and fast facts on Illinois government, politics and culture. Through non-partisan digital and social media, Reboot Illinois engages citizens giving them the information and tools they need to vote, speak up and act on improving corruption, the jobs climate, schools, taxes, state debt and more."

Vote Smart

"Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans."

WTTW's 2016 Voters' Guide to the General Election

"WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election." Chicago Tonight's Election 2016.



Chicago Sun-Times Election 2016: News articles, links to the Editorial Board's candidate questionnaires, and their Voter's Edge.

Chicago Tribune Election Center: (Highland Park News and The Lake County News Sun are Chicago Tribune newspapers). Links to news articles and the Election Board Questionnaires filled out by the candidates for federal, state and local offices.

Daily Herald Election 2016


ABC News Your Voice Your Vote

CBS Campaign 2016

CNN Election 2016

Fox News 2016 Election Headquarters

NBC News Decision 2016

New York Times Election 2016

PBS and NPR's 2016 Campaign Connection: Watch Frontline's The Choice 2016

USA Today Elections 2016

Government Sites

Federal Elections Commission

"The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections."

Illinois State Board of Elections

"The State Board of Elections is an independent state agency that was provided for by the 1970 Illinois Constitution to supervise the registration of voters and the administration of elections throughout the state. Created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1973, the Board's purpose is to serve as the central authority for all Illinois election law, information and procedures in Illinois."

Lake County Clerk: Elections

"The County Clerk is the chief Election Authority administering elections throughout Lake County. We offer election-related services to candidates, political parties, press, local units of government and the general public. These services include voting by mail programs, early voting, and securing voting sites."

Fact Checking

Fact Check.org

"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."

NPR: Politics: Fact Check


"PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits."

Washington Post: Fact Checker

"The purpose of this Web site, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local."


FiveThirtyEight Election Forecast

Gallup Election 2016

Huffington Post Pollster

Real Clear Politics Polls

Campaign Finance

Federal Elections Commission

"The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections."

Follow the Money

"The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org."

Illinois State Board of Elections- Contributions Search

Official Illinois site for campaigns to disclose campaign contributions. Search by candidate, by committee, or by proposition and create a list of contributors.

Illinois Sunshine

"The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) was founded in 1997 by former US Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and then-Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R-IL), and became an independent nonprofit in 2003. Since then, ICPR has become one of Illinois’ leading non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organizations working to reform Illinois campaign finance law, government ethics, judicial selection, and voter education."

Illinois Election Data: Welcome to Illinois Election Data, a data driven website I've (Scott Kennedy) created to share and display useful campaign data on Illinois elections.

Open Secrets

"Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy." Open Secrets- Illinois

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Candidate Match Game (USA Today)

Candidate Matchmaker (CNN)

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Vote Match Quiz  (includes Senate Candidate Quiz)