The General Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 3338, pushing the filing date back for the 2013 consolidated election to Dec. 26.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law last week, which was effective immediately.

The previous filing date deadline was Dec. 24. The date was pushed back to give clerks and secretaries who were required to stay until 4 p.m. Dec. 24 the chance to take Christmas Eve off.

Now, all local governments must accept the candidate petitions until 5 p.m. Dec. 26. While the agencies do not have to be open all day, they do have to be open for at least part of the day.

In addition, filing objections have been extended as well. Objections can be made within five business days from Dec. 26, but will vary depending on if the agencies are open for at least seven hours on New Years Eve.

Village clerk Joe Noel said he will be in the office from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. Dec. 26 at the minimum, but that he may be in more during the day as well.

Meanwhile, Carol Jankowski said the school office will be open from noon-5 p.m. Dec. 26.