2020 election packets available next month

Jacqueline Lacy

DANVILLE – As the Vermilion County Clerk’s Office announced this week the availability of petition packets for next year’s election, Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy also announced her intention to seek re-election.

Petition packets for candidates who wish to run in the General Primary Election on March 17, 2020, will be available on Sept. 3, 2019, in the office of Vermilion County Clerk Cathy Jenkins in the Vermilion County Administration Building, 201 N. Vermilion St.

Packets may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Packets will not be handed out prior to the first day petitions may be circulated.

The first day petitions for established political parties may be circulated is Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Petition packets must be filed with the Vermilion County Clerk starting at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

The order in which candidates file will determine their placement on the ballot. In the event two candidates file for the same office and are of the same party, a lottery will be conducted at a later date and time to determine ballot placement.

Local offices up for election next year include: county recorder, circuit clerk, state’s attorney, county auditor, county coroner, county board members and precinct committeepersons.

Federal, state and judicial offices also will be on the ballot. Information and necessary forms for those offices may be found on the State Board of Elections’ website, www.elections.il.gov. The candidate who receives the highest vote total in each political party for each office in the primary will be on the Nov. 3, 2020, general election ballot.

Materials for new political party candidates and independent candidates will be available in late March.

For additional information and questions, contact Chief Deputy/Supervisor of Elections Lindsay Light at (217) 554-1911 or via email at ccelections@vercounty.org.

LACY TO RUN

In a press release Thursday, Vermilion County State's Attorney Lacy announced her intent to run for re-election in March 2020 for the Republican’s nomination.

In November 2016 Lacy was elected as the first woman Vermilion County State’s Attorney after serving six years as the county’s first woman chief public defender.

Lacy’s press release states she’s “built a strong office of talented prosecutors and staff that successfully prosecute murderers and violent sexual criminals. In all criminal prosecutions Lacy and her staff stand ready to seek justice, secure convictions and protect victim’s rights.

“One of the reasons that I have been successful is because I have also worked in the DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Cook County court systems. I understand the law and the defense tactics used. I understand urban crime and gangs and I am able to bring that wealth of knowledge and experience to the citizens of Vermilion County,” she states.

Other successes Lacy says she’s brought to the office since Dec. 2016: reorganization of state’s attorney office to take advantage of each prosecutor’s strengths; defendants are no longer being released from the jail to avoid violation of the 120-day speedy trial act; rebuilt strong relationships with the community, police, probation, Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to protect our community; assisted in qualifying the first Danville police officer as a gang expert; obtained a $90,000 federal grant to hire additional victim assistance advocates to serve Vermilion County residents; successfully implemented a full-time grand jury system where Vermilion County citizens determine what felony cases are indicted; and Lacy and her staff have hosted numerous events including a supply drive for Crosspoint Human Services, self-defense course at Kruger’s ATA, introducing into the schools the “I ask” consent campaign and presenting anti-sexting/anti-bullying programs at area schools, as well as informational booths at local events.

Lacy’s press release further states the results have been a professionally-managed office of talented prosecutors who work with law enforcement to make our community safer.

“Those individuals who prey on our community will not be tolerated and my office will do everything in our power to ensure those that do are brought to justice and our community is kept safe. I look forward to discussing the successes we have been able to achieve in my first term,” Lacy said.

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