The following are links to 2016 presidential election endorsements for Cook County candidates:
News from the Reference Desk Category: Elections
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) – the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The FEC is an independent regulatory agency and is assigned to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
You can retrieve detailed lists of contributors based on type (individual or organization) and search for summary financial information about candidate campaigns, party committees, and other political committees.
Historical data is available from the FEC’s Public Records Office (800) 424-9530 (press 2 when prompted) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new tool has come to our attention – voteforjudges.org. This site stresses the importance of doing some background research the judges we cast our votes for, their impact and records. The bar groups who participate in the evaluation of judicial candidates have reviewed some of each candidate’s legal work, talked to other lawyers and judges about the candidates, and had the opportunity to interview each candidate.
The Cook County Clerk has a new website to provide voter information including sample ballots, polling places and verification of registration: Elections-Suburban Cook County. Specific voter information can be searched by address or birthday/last 4 digits of SSN/Illinois Driver's License number or State I.D. number.
The first question on the November 4 ballot is whether Illinois voters agree or not if the Illinois Constitution should be rewritten. To help make an informed decision, here are a few web places to find useful information: League of Women Voter’s Illinois, Illinois Issues Blog and a Pro-Con how-to from The University of Illinois.