Governor of Illinois

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Nov 22, 2021 - Jun 27, 2022


The govenor of Illinois serves as the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Illinois. The governor is popularly elected every four years and is not subject to any term limits. The governor's main duties are to enact the laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly. The Illinois Governor must be at least 25 years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Illinois for at least three years prior to election. Along with overseeing the executive branch of state government, the Illinois Governor also has appointment power to various public boards and state commissions and submits an annual state budget to the Illinois General Assembly for passage. Illinois Governors (like many others) also have the legal authority to grant pardons and commute sentences for convicted felons.

Application Guidelines
To run for this position you must contact the County Clerk's Elections Division in which you reside, or the Illinois State Board of Elections. Be aware that the filing window is typically only one week long, however the period for circulating petitions for signatures and preparing your paperwork is much longer (typically 90 days). If you are considering running, contact the County Clerk as soon as possible to verify that you are eligible to run for this position, and to clarify the requirements for running (petition signatures, filing fees, etc.) The County Clerks and the State Board of Elections are the administrators for the elections and their purpose is to help voters and candidates, so contact them as soon as possible. Additionally, please use the weblink to the Candidate Guide provided by the State of Illinois on this page.

Submit application to:
Illinois State Board of Elections, 2329 S MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL, 62704, US