Major candidates lose out on ballot lotto

Bernard Schoenburg

In three of four major primary races in Illinois, lesser-known candidates were picked to get the top ballot position in a lottery held Thursday.

Topping ballots in Feb. 2 primaries for governor will be William “Dock” Walls of Chicago for the Democrats and state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdal,e for the Republicans.

In the races for nomination for U.S. Senate, the lottery showed that Robert Marshall of Burr Ridge will be on top in the Democratic contest, while Don Lowery of Golconda is to lead the GOP ballot.

The lottery, held at the State Board of Elections, featured Becky Glazier, assistant to the executive director of the board, picking Illinois Lottery-style numbers from a wooden box held by Mark Mossman, director of election information.

All candidates who filed at or before 8 a.m. on Oct. 26 – the first day of filing – were part of the lottery. Those early filers were put into alphabetical order, and numbered according to that order. Eight lottery balls were drawn – because one judge’s race had eight early filers – and the sequence of numbers drawn was then matched in each race.

Some candidates statewide are fighting objections to their nominating petitions – including Walls in the Democratic governor’s race. But the State Board of Elections has yet to rule if those objections will be upheld and if the candidates will be removed from the Feb. 2 ballot.

The State Board of Elections’ Web site has been updated to list candidates in their ballot order. Those who filed after 8 a.m. the first day of filing are listed in the order they filed. Filing closed Nov. 2.

To see how names will line up on each ballot, select the race you are looking for from this page on the elections Web site.

Bernard Schoenburg can be reached atbernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com.