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ELECTIONS10 ILCS 5/29-16
(10 ILCS 5/) Election Code.
(10 ILCS 5/29-16)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29-16)
Contempt - Removal from office.
Any person who is an officer of the Court pursuant to any provisions of
this Code who does any act prohibited by, or fails to do any act required
by, any provision of this Code may be punished for contempt by the Court in
a summary proceeding and removed from office. Any person who violates any
court order entered under any provision of this Code with actual knowledge
of the existence and substance of such order may be punished for contempt
by the appropriate court. Such punishment for contempt and removal from
office shall not bar prosecution and punishment for any criminal offense
(Source: P.A. 78-887.)
10 ILCS 5/29-17
(10 ILCS 5/29-17)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29-17)
Deprivation of Constitutional Rights - Liability).
Any person who subjects, or causes to be subjected, a citizen of the
State of Illinois or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the
deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the
Constitution or laws of the United States or of the State of Illinois,
relating to registration to vote, the conduct of elections, voting, or the
nomination or election of candidates for public or political party office,
shall be liable to the party injured or any person affected, in any action
or proceeding for redress.
(Source: P.A. 79-1363.)
10 ILCS 5/29-18
(10 ILCS 5/29-18)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29-18)
Conspiracy to prevent vote - Liability).
If 2 or more persons conspire to prevent by force, intimidation, threat,
deception, forgery or bribery any person from registering to vote, or
preventing any person lawfully entitled to vote from voting, or preventing
any person from supporting or opposing, in a legal manner, the nomination
or election of any person for public or political party office, or a
proposition voted upon at any election, or to injure any person or such
person's property on account of such vote, support or advocacy, and if one
or more persons so conspiring do, attempt or cause to be done, any act in
furtherance of the object of such conspiracy, whereby another is injured in
his person or property or deprived of having or exercising any right,
privilege or immunity secured by the Constitution or laws of the United
States or the State of Illinois relating to the conduct of elections,
voting, or the nomination or election of candidates for public or political
party office, all persons engaged in such conspiracy shall be liable to the
party injured or any person affected, in any action or
proceeding for redress.
(Source: P.A. 79-1363.)
10 ILCS 5/29-19
(10 ILCS 5/29-19)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29-19)
False information - liability).
Whoever knowingly or willfully gives false information as to his name,
address, or period of residence in the voting district for the purpose of
establishing his eligibility to register to vote, or conspires with another
individual for the purpose of encouraging his false registration to vote or
illegal voting, or pays or offers to pay or accepts payment either for
registration to vote or for voting shall be liable to the party injured or
any other person affected, in an action or proceeding
(Source: P.A. 79-1363.)
10 ILCS 5/29-20
(10 ILCS 5/29-20)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29-20)
Absentee ballots - violations.
A person is guilty
of a Class 3 felony who knowingly:
(1) Solicits another person, knowing that the person
is not legally qualified to vote as an absent voter, to apply for an absentee ballot;
(2) Solicits another person, knowing that the person
is not legally qualified to vote as an absent voter, to cast a ballot as an absent voter;
(3) Intimidates or unduly influences another person
to cast an absentee ballot in a manner inconsistent with the voter's intent; or
(4) Marks or tampers with an absentee ballot of
another person or takes an absentee ballot of another person in violation of Section 19-6 so that an opportunity for fraudulent marking or tampering is created.
(Source: P.A. 89-653, eff. 8-14-96.)
10 ILCS 5/Art. 29B
(10 ILCS 5/Art. 29B heading)
FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES
10 ILCS 5/29B-5
(10 ILCS 5/29B-5)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29B-5; formerly Ch. 46, par. 1102)
The Legislature hereby declares that the purpose of
this Article is to encourage every candidate for public office in this State to
subscribe to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices. It is the intent of the
Legislature that every candidate for public office in this State who subscribes
to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices will follow the basic principles of
decency, honesty and fair play in order to encourage healthy competition and
open discussion of issues and candidate qualifications and discourage practices
that cloud the issues or unfairly attack opponents.
(Source: P.A. 86-873; 87-1052.)
10 ILCS 5/29B-10
(10 ILCS 5/29B-10)
(from Ch. 46, par. 29B-10; formerly Ch. 46, par. 1103)
Code of Fair Campaign Practices.
At the time a
political committee, as defined in Article 9, files its
statements of organization, the State Board of Elections, in the case of a
state political committee or a political committee acting as both a state
political committee and a local political committee, or the county clerk,
in the case of a local political committee, shall give the political
committee a blank form of the Code of Fair Campaign Practices and a copy of
the provisions of this Article. The State Board of Elections or county clerk
shall inform each political committee that subscription to the Code is
voluntary. The text of the Code shall read as follows:
CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES
There are basic principles of decency, honesty, and fair play that every
candidate for public office in the State of Illinois has a moral obligation
to observe and uphold, in order that, after vigorously contested but fairly
conducted campaigns, our citizens may exercise their constitutional right
to a free and untrammeled choice and the will of the people may be fully
and clearly expressed on the issues.
(1) I will conduct my campaign openly and publicly, and limit attacks on
my opponent to legitimate challenges to his record.
(2) I will not use or permit the use of character defamation, whispering
campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous attacks on any candidate or his
personal or family life.
(3) I will not use or permit any appeal to negative prejudice based on
race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
(4) I will not use campaign material of any sort that misrepresents,
distorts, or otherwise falsifies the facts, nor will I use
malicious or unfounded accusations that aim at creating or exploiting
doubts, without justification, as to the personal integrity or patriotism
of my opposition.
(5) I will not undertake or condone any dishonest or unethical practice
that tends to corrupt or undermine our American system of free elections
or that hampers or prevents the full and free expression of the will of
(6) I will defend and uphold the right of every qualified American voter
to full and equal participation in the electoral process.
(7) I will immediately and publicly repudiate methods and tactics that
may come from others that I have pledged not to use or condone. I shall
take firm action against any subordinate who violates any provision of this
Code or the laws governing elections.
I, the undersigned, candidate for election to public office in the State
of Illinois or chairman of a political committee in support of or
opposition to a question of public policy, hereby voluntarily endorse,
subscribe to, and solemnly pledge myself to conduct my campaign
in accordance with the above principles and practices.
(Source: P.A. 86-873; 87-1052.)