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How to Run for Local Public Office in the Village of Oswego
The Village of Oswego holds Consolidated Elections in April of odd-numbered years. There are no primary elections in the Village of Oswego. The Kendall County Clerk serves at the chief election authority for the entire county. The Village Clerk serves as the local election official and does not have any duties associated with the election itself.
To be eligible to run for Village office you must:
- Be a qualified elector/registered voter
- Reside in the municipality one year preceding the Consolidated Election; exceptions may apply for active duty military
- Not be in arrears in the payment of any tax or other indebtedness due to the municipality
- Not have been convicted in any court located in the United States for any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony unless your right to hold public office has been restored in the manner provided by law
- Candidates name for placement on the ballot will be taken from the first numbered page of the nominating petition
- Statement of Candidacy- must be filed with nominating petitions
- Statement of Economic Interest- must be filed with the Kendall County Clerk. A receipt of filing of the Statement of Economic Interest MUST be filed with the Village Clerk with the nominating petition, or before the last day of filing
- Loyalty Oath- optional form filed with the nominating petition
- Campaign Financing Disclosure- must be filed as required by law
- Fair Campaign Practices Act - voluntary form filed with the Kendall County Clerk
In September or October of the year prior to the election, the Village Clerk will prepare a Candidate Packet that can be picked up at the Village Clerk’s Office, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm. These packets are compiled as a courtesy to the candidates. The Village Clerk is not required to have candidate packets available. A Candidate Packet can also be downloaded from the Illinois State Board of Elections at www.elections.il.gov. Forms provided in the packet are intended to address candidates running independent of a political party. Independent candidates must file a Petition of Nomination containing valid signatures of not less than five (5%) percent, nor more than eight (8%) percent (or fifty  more than the minimum, whichever is greater) of the number of voters who voted at the last regular election. Candidates running with a political party affiliation have different requirements. A copy of the jurisdictional canvas will be provided in the packet. The canvas provides information from the Kendall County Clerk indicating the total number of ballots cast at the Village of Oswego Precincts during the previous Consolidated Election.
Additionally, the packet will include specific dates for when candidates can start circulating petitions for signature and the dates and times for filing the petitions. On the first day that petitions can be filed with the Village Clerk, all petitioners present (with correctly completed petitions) at 8:00 a.m., as well as those in the first mail delivery of the day, will be considered to have filed simultaneously and subject to lottery rules. A lottery will be conducted, at a later date, to determine ballot position for that office. If
two or more petitions are filed within the last hour of the filing deadline, it shall be deemed filed simultaneously and the order of candidate placement on the ballot will be determined by a separate lottery drawing.
After petitions are filed, the petitions and candidate information is public record and can be given out, which includes the names and addresses of those that have filed. A FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request is not needed to release the names and addresses. A Certification of Ballot will be filed with the Kendall County Clerk’s Office not less than 68 days prior to the date of election.
The terms of elected municipal officers shall commence at the first regular or special meeting after receipt of the official election results from the County Clerk. The Term of Office is generally four (4) years, but in some instances may be two (2) years if filling a vacancy.
For more information on early voting, voting options and overall election questions, please contact the following:
Kendall County Clerk
111 W. Fox Street, Yorkville IL
Illinois State Board of Elections
Online voter registration:
Registering to vote in Illinois:
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a registered voter sign more than one petition?
They can sign as many petitions as there are positions (if there are 3 Trustee positions open, a person may sign 3 Trustee petitions, but not 4) However, Political Party Petitions are different. A signer can only sign petitions for ONE political party per election.
When are petitions open to the public?
Once filed, a petition is available for public inspection.
Does a candidate have to file his or her own petition?
No. A candidate may choose someone to file the petition on their behalf.
May a candidate file his own petition and petitions for other candidates at the same time?
When can petitions be mailed?
There are no statutory requirements regarding a time element for mailing petitions; all petitions received prior to the first day of the filing period will be returned to the sender; petitions received after the end of the filing period (regardless of postmark) will not be accepted.
May a candidate file for more than one office?
Yes, however, he must withdraw from all but one office within 5 business days following the last day of petition filing if the offices are incompatible. It not withdrawn from all but one incompatible office, his name will not be certified for any office.
This information is provided as a public service and is not intended to constitute legal advice. You are encouraged to consult with an attorney with matters such as (1) your legal qualifications to hold office; (2) qualifications of the people who sign and circulate your petition; (3) appropriate method for completing the petition forms; (4) minimum number of signatures required; (5) whether you file nomination papers with your election authority (County Clerk) or your local election official (Village Clerk); (6) Appropriate petition forms to be utilized.