Running for Local Office


Sugar Grove elections are partisan, meaning a candidate can choose to run as a party affiliated candidate or an independent candidate. Historically Sugar Grove candidates choose to run as independents in the partisan election. All Sugar Grove Trustees are elected At-Large. At-Large means that all elected officials represent the entire community. No elected official represents an area or ward.

There are only a three basic items that need to be complied with:

  • Reside in Sugar Grove for at least one year
  • Be a registered voter and
  • File the required paperwork with the Local Elections Official (the Village Clerk). See list and dates below.

The most often asked question is how many signatures are needed on a petition. Election code states “5 – 8%, or no more than 50 more than the minimum, whichever is greater, of the number of persons who voted at the last regular election in which the voters voted for the election of these officers” (10 ILCS 5/10-3).

Example: If 1,000 voters cast ballots at the last regular election in the district or political subdivision, the formula of 5% -8% would result in a signature requirement of 50 – 80. Illinois statutes (10 ILCS 5/10-3) require a difference of 50 between the minimum and maximum. Therefore, the signature requirement would be 50 – 100. You can find the election results from the Village of Sugar Grove April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, including ballots cast, here.

At the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election the following positions will be on the ballot:

Village Trustee (4-year term) – three positions

Village President (4-year term) – one position

Petition Circulation begins September 22, 2020

Filing Period for petition and accompanying paperwork is 8:00 a.m. to December 14, 2020 thru December 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Please click here to view the candidates guide.  The candidates guide contains information you will need including all necessary forms. Should you need additional information please contact the Illinois Board of Elections or an attorney who is versed in election code.





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