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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.

Voter Registration ends on October 11, 2016. Illinois residents who are United States citizens, 18 years old by election day, and live in your election precinct at least 30 days before November 8th, may register to vote. Lake County residents can register to vote in person, online, or mail. The City of Highland Park (1707 St. John's Ave., 847/432-0800) and Moraine Township (777 Central Ave., 847/432-3240) offer in-person voter registration.

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • Transcript
  • Video

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

Debate 3: October 19, 2016

  • Moderator Chris Wallace
  • Topics: TBA
  • Format: same as Debate 1.

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.

Senatorial Debates

  • Debate 1: October 3, 2106 -- Chicago Tribune editorial board
  • Debate 2: October 24, 2016 -- University of Illinois Springfield, State Journal-Register, WICS-20, and WMAY
  • Debate 3: October 26, 2016 -- City Club of Chicago and WTTW "Chicago Tonight"
  • Debate 4: TBA -- Chicago Sun-Times editorial Board
  • Debate 5: TBA -- ABC-7, the League of Women Voters of Illinois, WGBO-Univision


Voter Education


League of Women Voters of Illinois

League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood

Vote Smart

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


"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

Open Secrets


"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."












What's the Buzz? Great New Books for Fall 2016

Fall is the season for new books! Thankfully, the Information and Reader Services librarians have put together a program with our top picks.

We'll be chatting about some of our most anticipated titles, sharing insider tips on how to discover books on your own, and raffling off a ton of new and forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles. 

Hope to see you this Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 pm!



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