The first day of filing brought out a flood of candidates, and the last day more of a steady stream, to bring in their nominating papers for the March 20, 2012, primary election. The six-day filing period ended Monday for most of the races which will be decided. Because the matter of the congressional remap is still tied up in court, the candidates for the 19 U. S. House seats in Illinois will not begin filing until Dec. 23.
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While state troopers were on hand just in case things got out of order, there was no last-minute rush. The last person to file was Illinois House candidate David Carlin of Naperville, who just wanted to see that nobody outmaneuvered him.