A proposal to cut county clerks a break on Christmas Eve has cleared the Illinois House. The bill would extend the deadline for candidates to file their nominating petitions for the 2013 election cycle. The current law sets the deadline at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The House voted unanimously to extend that deadline to the day after Christmas.
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The bill also set dates for the primary election and general election to fill the vacancy in the Second Congressional District to find a replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned after being re-elected earlier this month. The governor wanted the general election to fall on April 9, 2013, to coincide with local elections and save money, but that date fell beyond what is allowed under existing law, so a change in the law is required.
The bill is now awaiting a vote in the Illinois Senate.