In a major departure from the norm, the Illinois Primaries will be held this year on Tuesday, June 28th, much later than their usual date in March. This is unprecedented for Illinois.
Why the change of date? The short answer is that the new redistricted State Senate and State House maps were held up in Federal courts for months, and the new congressional district maps were not passed until late October 2021. These maps are changed and passed by the General Assembly every 10 years once new population numbers from the U.S. Census are released. Normally, candidates who want to run for office would be getting signature petitions signed to get on the ballot from September through November. Because the redistricted maps were not finalized until late October of last year, the new timeframe for signatures is January 10th through March.
Another result of this delay will be a delay in the Illinois Right to Life Action Voter Guides. These will not be available for the primary until May. We will be sure to announce the release date in plenty of time for the June 28 primary! The guides will be available on the Illinois Right to Life Action website, IllinoisRightToLifeAction.org.