Election Guide, Revised Candidate Information

A Nonpartisan Resource for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election


What

General Election

The final election for a political office with a limited list of candidates. The candidates in the general election are those who won their party’s primary election. General elections take place at a local, state and national level. The winner of the general election will serve in that office.

Voting & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for their Considerations for Election Polling Locations and Voters.

When

General Election Day – Tuesday, November 3

  • In Illinois, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked no later than General Election Day. The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing your ballot earlier to ensure its timely delivery.
  • You can also drop-off your mail-in ballot at any early voting location or sign an affidavit on your ballot to designate someone to return your ballot for you.
  • Read more information about voting by mail from the State of Illinois.

Early Voting

Early voting begins as early as September 24 at some locations. You can vote in-person or drop off mail-in ballots at early voting locations.

DuPage County Early Voting Locations

Important Dates
October 18
Last day to register to vote online.
October 29
Your local election authority must receive requests for a mail-in ballot by this date.
November 2
Last day for early voting.
November 3
General Election Day
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by this date.
Last day for grace period registration and voting.

How

Register to Vote

You must register at least 28 days prior to an election to vote in that election. You can register online, by mail or in person. In-person voter registration ends on 10/06/2020. Following the close of registration, Illinois allows for “Grace Period” registration and voting beginning the 27th day prior until the day before an election.

Online voter registration is available through the 15th day prior to Election Day. The registration period for the online voter registration system will close at 11:59 pm on 10/18/2020 and will reopen on 11/05/2020.

To Vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Remember, you will need to update or change your voter registration if you moved within Illinois, changed your name or want to change your political party affiliation.

Verify Your Voter Registration

Online Voter Registration

Where

Vote-By-Mail

  • You must register to vote before applying to vote by mail.
  • Everyone who has voted in the last two years should receive an application for a mail-in ballot in the mail, according to Illinois legislation passed in May.
  • Read more information about voting by mail from the State of Illinois.

You can apply for a mail-in ballot here:

DuPage County

Track Your Mail-in Ballot

In-Person Voting

Find Your Polling Place

View a Sample Ballot


Voter Rights & Accommodations

Who Can and Can’t Vote in U.S. Elections?

Election Assistance Commission
Voting information in over 10 languages and a glossary of 1,843 voting terms.

Department of Justice Voting Rights
Learn about laws that protect voters and report any potential violations.

ACLU Voting Rights Guide
Learn how to prepare for various scenarios at the polls, including needing a translator or aide and how to respond to potential voting rights violations.

Voter Accommodations
Request to vote by mail through the Thursday before the election, or find ways to vote if you are in the hospital or a licensed healthcare facility: DuPage County

Federal Voting Assistance Program
Voting support for service members, their families, and overseas citizens.

Restoration of Voting Rights
In Illinois, those who have received a felony conviction may be eligible to vote once released from incarceration, even if they are on probation or parole.

 

Know Your Candidate

Political Parties

Listed in alphabetical order.

Democratic Party

National | Illinois | DuPage County

Green Party

National | Illinois | DuPage County

Libertarian Party

National | Illinois | DuPage County

Republican Party

National | Illinois | DuPage County

 

Candidates

Listed in alphabetical order.

U.S. President

Democratic Party Green Party Libertarian Party Republican Party
Joe Biden Howie Hawkins Jo Jorgensen Donald Trump

 

 

 

Senate

Democratic Party Republican Party
U.S. Senator | Richard J. Durbin U.S. Senator | Mark C. Curran Jr.

 

 

 

Congressional

Democratic Party Republican Party
IL 6th District | Sean Casten IL 6th District | Jeanne Ives
IL 11th District | Bill Foster IL 11th District | Rick Laib
IL 14th District | Lauren Underwood IL 14th District | Jim Oberweis

 

Illinois State Senate District

Democratic Party Republican Party
IL District 21 | (no election this cycle) IL District 21 | (no election this cycle)
IL District 25 | Karina Villa IL District 25 | Jeanette Ward

 

Illinois House of Representatives Districts

Democratic Republican
House District 41 | Janet Yang Rohr House District 41 | Grant Wehrli
House District 42 | Ken Mejia-Beal House District 42 | Amy L. Grant
House District 49 | Maura Hirschauer House District 49 | Laura Curtis

 

 

 

 

 

DuPage County

Democratic Republican
County Auditor | William (Bill) White County Auditor | Bob Grogan
County Circuit Court Clerk | Candice Adams County Circuit Court Clerk | Chris Kachiroubas
County Coroner | Gregory Whalen County Coroner | Richard Jorgensen
County Recorder | Kathleen V. Carrier County Recorder | Babette Holder Youngberg
County State’s Attorney | No Candidate County State’s Attorney | Robert Berlin
County Board District 5 |Amy Chavez County Board District 5 | Kevin Coyne
County Board District 6 | Greg Schwarze County Board District 6 | Robert L. “Bob” Larsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DuPage County Forest Preserve Districts

Democratic Republican
Forest Preserve District 5 | Barbara O’Meara Forest Preserve District 5 | Mary Lou Wehrli
Forest Preserve District 6 | (no election this cycle) Forest Preserve District 6 | (no election this cycle)

Find your Legislator and District Information

 


Voter Resources

Inform Your Vote

BallotReady

A nonpartisan site that allows you to build your ballot by diving into every candidate and referendum on your ballot, including candidate’s backgrounds, stances on issues, and experience. BallotReady lets you “explore your ballot, make informed choices, and vote!”

ProCon.org

Pros and cons of current issues. Feeling overwhelmed by all the issues being debated during the 2020 Presidential Election? Start here! ProCon.org is a nonprofit nonpartisan public charity that use professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards.

Project Vote Smart

A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office.

TurboVote

A tool that makes voting easy by sending text or email messages verifying voter registration status, reminders about important election deadlines, and polling place location. Developed by the nonpartisan group Democracy Works.

VOTE411

VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it is local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities. Brought to you by The League of Women Voters Education Fund.

 

Government Sites

DuPage County Clerk

The official website of the DuPage County Clerk.

Illinois State Board of Elections

A quick and easy way to find candidate filings, general election information and to verify if you are registered to vote in Illinois.

Federal Voting Assistance Program

Federal voting assistance for service members, their families and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.

Presidential Election Process

Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries and the national conventions.

The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for young and new voters.

 

Election News Coverage

Chicago Sun-Times

News coverage of the Chicago and Illinois elections as well as the 2020 presidential election.

Chicago Tribune

Includes a 2020 General Election voter guide, news, opinion, fact checking and details on how to vote in Illinois.

Daily Herald

2020 General Election coverage, including endorsements for local and statewide races.

National Public Radio (NPR)

National news coverage of the 2020 General Election.

PBS News Hour
National news coverage of the 2020 General Election.

WTTW News
News coverage of the Chicago area, Illinois and national elections.

 

Fact Checking

Annenberg Political Fact Check
Designed to help voters by “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” Updated even when it is not election season. Includes information on special interest groups behind television ads.

Center for Public Integrity
A well-documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and 2017.

NewsGuard
Browser extension that provides an easy way to evaluate websites. “Green-Red ratings compiled by a team of trained journalists signal if a website is trying to get it right, has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

Politifact
A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.

 


This page is compiled and maintained by librarians at the Warrenville Public Library. Links to political parties’ websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.

 

Citizenship Corner

en español, debajo

Are you thinking of becoming a U.S. citizen and wondering where to start?

Warrenville Public Library has a dedicated space with materials to help you along your path to citizenship. In our Citizenship Corner, you can find:

  • A Citizenship Kit put together by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (includes civic flashcards, a pocket study guide, transcription of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States and more)
  • Civics flashcards in Spanish
  • Citizenship paper applications and required documents checklist
  • Books to study for the civics exam in English and Spanish
  • DVDs to help you practice for the English language exam

Can’t make it to the library? Take advantage of our online resources from the comfort of your home. Practice for the Citizenship Test online through Learning Express, Tutor.com and Universal Class Library Edition. You’ll need your library card number to create an account at each of these databases if you wish to save your progress.

Warrenville Public Library District residents may fill out a registration card in person or online. Visit our website for more information on how to register for a WPLD library card and the different types of library cards we offer.

Questions about our Citizenship Corner or online resources? Contact Nora in Adult Services by email at nora@warrenville.com or by phone at 630/393-1171 x106.

Español

¿Está pensando en comenzar el trámite para aplicar para la ciudadanía estadounidense y se pregunta por dónde empezar?

La Biblioteca Pública de Warrenville tiene un espacio dedicado con materiales que lo ayudarán en su camino hacia la ciudadanía. En nuestro Rincón de Ciudadanía (Citizenship Corner), puede encontrar:

  • Un kit de ciudadanía producido por los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (incluye tarjetas de cívica, una guía de estudio de bolsillo, transcripción de la Declaración de Independencia y Constitución de los Estados Unidos y más)
  • Tarjetas de cívica en español
  • Solicitudes de ciudadanía en papel y lista de verificación de documentos
  • Libros para estudiar para el examen de cívica en inglés y español
  • DVD para ayudarlo a practicar para el examen oral de idioma inglés

¿No puede visitar la biblioteca? Aproveche nuestros recursos en línea desde la comodidad de su hogar. Practique para el examen de ciudadanía en línea a través de las bases de datos de Learning Express, Tutor.com y Universal Class Library Edition. Necesitará su número de tarjeta de la biblioteca para crear una cuenta en cada una de estas bases de datos si desea guardar su progreso.

Los residentes del Distrito de la Biblioteca Pública de Warrenville pueden solicitar una tarjeta de la biblioteca en persona o en línea. Visite nuestro sitio web para obtener más información sobre cómo obtener una tarjeta de biblioteca WPLD y los diferentes tipos de tarjetas de biblioteca que ofrecemos.

¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre nuestro Rincón de Ciudadanía o recursos en línea? Comuníquese con Nora de Servicios para Adultos por correo electrónico nora@warrenville.com o llame al 630/393-1171 x106.

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Book – Full disclosure, I suffer from attention deficit disorder so I’m always on the lookout for books that I’m actually able to finish from start to finish. I had little issue with this collection of short novellas.Cover image for Strange Weather

In Strange Weather, Hill presents a collection of four odd stories of varied length that entertain and disturb. In “Snapshot,” a young boy faces his nightmares, the menace of dementia, the challenge that is the tattooed Phoenician, and a thug armed with a Polaroid camera. “Loaded,” is an extremely relevant story with the capacity to emotionally tear you apart. “Aloft,” moves us into more supernatural territory, as Aubrey Griffin’s finds himself landing on a weird cloud in the sky. “Rain,” is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic imagining with a terrifying and killer rain that penetrates skin. Hill’s collection will please readers who are looking for a sampling of introspective horror.

If you’re looking for even more creepy books by Joe Hill check out Heart-Shaped Box and NOS4A2. Hill’s titles are available in print, audiobook, eAudiobook, eBook on Hoopla and Overdrive.

Discover Your Ancestors through the U.S. Census

Discover Your Ancestors through the U.S. Census

Did you know census records are one of the best ways to discover details about your family? If you’re working on your family tree, use Ancestry Library Edition for free. (Digital access available while our building is closed.)

You can find out names, addresses, occupations and military history. You might even uncover who was the first in your family to arrive in the United States! The U.S. Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. As U.S. census records aren’t released until 72 years after a census is conducted, the most recent census data available are from 1940. Begin your genealogy research there, then work your way back using details you learn to help you locate your family in earlier censuses.

Interestingly, each census posed unique questions. From the 1920 census you can find out when your ancestors became citizens. The 1910 census will tell you if a man was a veteran of the Civil War and the 1900 census will tell you the number of children a woman has had. The 2020 census won’t be released until 2092! So make sure to fill out the census form so future generations can find you.

We’re here to help you complete your current U.S. Census form and answer questions about Ancestry Library Edition. You can email a librarian at: adultservices@warrenville.com

John Wick Series (2014-2019)

Movies – If you are looking for an action-packed movie with a dose of dark humor, look no further than the John Wick series starring Keanu Reeves. Reeve’s delightfully deadpan delivery coupled with the superb fighting sequence choreography sets this movie franchise apart from others.

The first film simply titled John Wick, gives us a glimpse into John Wick’s character, a “retired” shadow assassin grieving the death of his wife. Wick is soon pulled back into the shadowy fray when an envious young thug and his lackeys break into Wick’s residence to abscond with his ride, a pristine 1969 Boss 429. In the process of this ill-advised trespass, the thug callously kills Wick’s pet puppy, a parting gift from his beloved wife. The attack is the impetus behind the resurrection of Wick’s former persona “The Babayaga” and his relentless road to vengeance. Soon it becomes clear why the criminal underground is alight with fearful whispers at his return.

John Wick: Chapter 2 continues the tumultuous arc of our intrepid assassin. His trail of corpses leads the shadowy cabal of assassins and their rules-obsessed governors, the High Table, right to his doorstep. The High Table’s grip on John Wick is not easy to shake leaving him no choice but to take one last job. To complete the job Wick must break a number of important rules a big no-no in the eyes of the High Table. Naturally, when all the dust settles, Wick is designated excommunicado by the High Table. Wick is now persona non grata, stripped of all the rights and privileges offered to the rest of the cabal and with a hefty open contract on his head. Cue the storm of assassins trying to cash in on his demise.

John Wick 3: Parabellum directly follows the end of Chapter 2 and opens with a tense race against the clock as Wick struggles to reclaim his status from underneath the High Table. This third installment continues the world building from the first two films and it’s safe to say that the series’ overarching theme is actions always have consequences. As the film progresses, viewers are introduced to members of Wick’s past including his ruthlessly austere mentor–wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston. The film’s final scene leaves us at the edge of our seats and wanting more. Worry not my fellow Wick fans, John Wick 4 will premiere in 2021!

Fans of Luc Besson will have a blast with this series. I know I did!

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Jashua Davis

Book – Joshua Davis’ Spare Parts, expands on his 2005 WIRED article “La Vida Robot” to delve deeper into the lives of four undocumented immigrants whose ingenuity led them to a surprising victory at the prestigious MATE 2004 robotics competition. These four young bright students, Lorenzo Santillan, Oscar Vazquez, Cristian Arcega, and Luis Aranda found acceptance and encouragement from two dedicated teachers, Allan Cameron and Fredi Lajvardi.

Davis does an excellent job describing how the boys assemble their underwater robot “Stinky” out of spare parts, junk, humble in all respects, in the middle of a desert and without access to a pool. He also describes the daily struggles in the lives of the teens, how they lived in constant fear of violence and deportation. The book’s bittersweet ending shows the reality of being a bright yet undocumented student. Despite these young men’s incredible potential, their future is stagnated in poverty as their undocumented status bars them from access to engineering programs, academic funding and military service. However you might feel about the current political discussion on immigration you can’t deny that these young men, and others like them, can teach us something worthwhile about resilience and the American dream.

The film Spare Parts, is based on award winning Carl Hayden robotics team, stars George Lopez and Jaime Lee Curtis. The film isn’t bad, it’s great in fact. My only issues are the predictable, feel-good happy ending, that George Lopez’s character is an amalgamation of Allan Cameron and Fredi Lajvardi and that the more poignant events following the boys’ success at the robotics competition covered in Davis’ book, is ignored.

Spare Parts is available on OverDrive for digital download on Kindle and other electronic devices.

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich

Book– I grabbed this audiobook for my commute to work. I was instantly hooked! The wonderfully talented, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, a Ghanaian-born Brit, brought the main character to life.

Peter Grant, Probationary Police Constable (rookie cop for us stateside) with London’s Metropolitan Police Services is having a rough time. His policing skills are found to be lacking by his superiors and is easily distracted and fancy’s hotshot PC, Lesley May who unlike Peter, is on the fast track to the Murder Team. Peter is resigned to join the pencil pushing ranks of the Case Progression Unit. Nothing can possibly make his life any worse! That is, until he is rudely introduced to a ghostly chap while on duty watching a murder site. Peter is not convinced ghosts are real; the supernatural is all just mumbo-jumbo! Yet, this ghost is real enough and Peter soon finds himself assigned to the charming C.I. Thomas Nightingale of the Economic and Specialist Crime. Nightingale takes an instant shine to Peter and his magical potential. Peter soon finds out that not only are ghosts and magic real, they have an established history in the city, and that he can have a part in this world. I won’t spoil the rest of the plot, but suffice to say this is a contemporary urban fantasy with aspects of mystery and magic, not to mention a very interesting London police procedural. Adult fans of Harry Potter will enjoy Aaronovitch’s grown up magical world.

Midnight Riot is Book 1 of the London River series.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Book – When the weather cools and the air turns crisp, I am ready for some spooky reads. I grew up watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch on ABC’s TGIF so I was immediately intrigued to see a more grown up version of a childhood favorite. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 is a re-imagining of Sabrina’s origin story. Sabrina isn’t the bubbly and wholesome witch I grew up with, there are no funny magical mishaps nor life lessons learned in this graphic novel rendition. Sabrina and her terrifying aunts, Hilda and Zelda, are dark, vicious and callous. The Spellman family show little compunction to bloody murder and satanic worship. But don’t be scared away by this! Aguirre-Sacasa lends an interesting plot to this intense read and the artwork matches the intriguing plot. The story is set in New England in the 1960s, a nod to the original Archie comics where Sabrina was introduced back in 1962. Sabrina’s 16th birthday is upon her and she must decide if she wants to become an immortal witch and join the coven or to be simply a normal teenage girl. Unfortunately for Sabrina, her tragic and grisly origin will literally come back to haunt her making her decision rather bleak.

If you’re looking for a spooky read to welcome the Halloween season you won’t be disappointed. Can’t get enough of Aguirre-Sacasa’s spooky retellings? He also wrote the graphic novel Afterlife with Archie, available through Hoopla! Also, keep an eye out for the television series based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina coming later this fall.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry

Book – The millennial generation is the largest living cohort in recent history. They are high in debt, low on jobs, and full of so-called ‘entitlement’. It’s no wonder millennials are so uncomfortable talking about money or the lack of it. Because my personal goal for this year is to set up and successfully fund an investing account, I have been reading a great deal of personal finance books. Erin Lowry’s book Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together is by far the best I’ve read so far.

Erin Lowry’s book does a good job of helping readers identify and work around their money hang-ups and take control of their personal finance. Erin lays out her chapters in a DIY guide format that gives you the option to read only the sections that are applicable without making you feel like you skimmed half the book. The majority of the issues she presents will be pertinent to the millennial generation. She dedicates an entire chapter on how to cope with student loan debt— an inevitability today—without going mad. She presents solid money saving and budgeting techniques and doles out advice on how to enact a plan to rid yourself of debt. A strong point for this book is the easy to understand language. You definitely won’t feel like you are being talk down to and you’ll appreciate Erin’s humor as she shares her own financial woes.

This book will definitely resonate well with the 20-30 year old crowd who are confused about money and aren’t quite ready to admit they’re not doing so well in the finance department. It will also benefit those who are doing just fine (those with an existing budget and savings account) and are ready to do more with their hard-earned cash.

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Book – Growing up is hard. Growing up in a poor werewolf family is even harder.

Mongrels written by Stephen Graham Jones is the coming of age story of a young nameless narrator. Steeped in werewolf lore this story bares its fangs and sinks it teeth into you. It’s an inventive take on the werewolf that gets under your skin—in a good way. It’s not a simple horror book but a cleverly disguised social commentary on the impoverished American south. The book follows our young protagonist, an orphan raised by his aunt Libby and uncle Darren. The boy grows up hearing wild and at times gruesome tales from his grandfather. Theirs is a family of werewolves; at least that’s what his grandfather has led him to believe. It’s why his family is always on the run, living at the edges of society, outcasts, transients, wandering the south in a beat up trailer with no destination in mind, scouring for loose change to buy hotdogs. Libby and Darren take up odd jobs always trying to stay two steps ahead of the law and those who hunt their kind. His family is as dysfunctional as anyone else’s, and he always feels like an outsider waiting for something to happen. He desperately longs to fit in, convincing himself it’s for all the right reasons, but he hasn’t turned and if he hasn’t turned by his late teens, he never will. He’s close to it, he can feel it, can scent the coppery stench of blood in the air, he just knows it.

While episodic books might not appeal to some, if you enjoy creature books, I urge you to give this book a try. Dark themes abound in each page and I found myself unable and unwilling to put this book down.