The filing period for established party candidates to get onto the March primary ballot begins this week, and the State Board of Elections has new computers to help with the work. However, those computers haven’t been paid for. Kevin Turner, Illinois State Board of Elections’ director of information technology, says the state has no appropriation authority to pay for the computers.

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Turner says CDS in Springfield entered the contract knowing it won’t get the $18,500 for the 20 new desktop computers until a budget has been passed. The computers will be used for the initial filing period and also for the public wanting to review petitions for possible challenges. After the general election next year, Turner says the computers will be recycled within the elections board.


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