You don’t have to get up that early for a chance to be first on the March 18 Illinois primary ballot, but some tried anyway. Illinois House Democrats, not wanting to tip their hand, had someone at the door of the State Board of Elections in Springfield “before the weekend,” said Tim Mapes, chief of staff to House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago). Those in line by 8 a. m. on the first day to file are eligible for a drawing for the first position on the ballot in their respective races.
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A state trooper took the last place in line to separate those who made the deadline from those who did not, like Sharon Brannigan of Palos Heights. “I got turned around” trying to find the office, the congressional candidate said. “I’ve never been to Springfield.” Dec. 2 is the last day to file.