KANKAKEE COUNTY, IL – As the Consolidated Election looms, the Illinois State Board of Elections warns voters not to bring their Vote By Mail ballots to polling places. The board has confirmed that ballots brought to polling places will be spoiled, requiring voters to cast new ones.
In Kankakee County, thirteen officials are running unchallenged, including several Alderman seats in Kankakee and Momence, as well as the Mayor of Bonfield and Cabery. The Consolidated Election, set for April 4, is known for low voter turnout, despite determining leadership roles in local government and communities.
County Clerk Dan Hendrickson has announced that his office will be closed on Election Day for non-election related functions. Hendrickson strongly encourages citizens to vote in the Consolidated Election, and early voting is open from 8:30 am to noon at the County Clerk’s office on 189 East Court Street in Kankakee.
This year’s ballot will address significant issues, including a Kankakee County referendum for a proposed Mental Health Purposes Sales Tax increase, and the Village of Bourbonnais Proposition to impose a Non-Home Rule Retailer’s and Service Occupation Tax.
It is yet to be seen how many of Kankakee County’s registered voters will turn out for Tuesday’s election, which currently sits at 66,740.
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