www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2009

Governor Blagojevich Designates April 7, 2009 as date for Fifth Congressional District Seat Special Election
Primary Election for the Congressional seat to be held on March 3, 2009

CHICAGO – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today issued a Writ of Election designating Tuesday April 7, 2009, as the date for the Special Congressional Election for the Fifth District Seat which was formerly held by Rahm Emanuel, now President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff. The Governor also set Tuesday, March 3, 2009, as the date for the Special Primary Election.

 

The two dates follow the recommendations outlined in a letter from Cook County Clerk David Orr and Lance Gough, Executive Director of the Chicago Election Board. Both officials serve as the two election authorities over the district. Orr and Gough contend that these dates allow for increased voter turnout while allowing the Fifth Congressional District to be represented in Congress as soon as possible.

 

“I am pleased to set these election dates so that the people of the Fifth Congressional District can have a representative in Congress as quickly as possible. With our nation in a recession, we need to ensure that Illinois’ voice is being represented in Washington D.C. to get our economy back on track,” said Governor Blagojevich.

 

By state law, the Governor is required to set the date of a special election for a Congressional seat within five days after the vacancy is created.



###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us