Candidates for certain offices could soon be ditching certain paper filings and moving to modern electronic methods, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and approved by the Illinois Senate.
“This is about giving our local and state government the ability to modernize part of a candidate’s filing and reduce clutter,” said Sen. Barickman. “This will reduce the costs and time involved in a process that is common for candidates at multiple levels.”
House Bill 4395 would allow local candidates to file electronic Statements of Local Interests, if that statement is filed with the county clerk, and if electronic filing is an option with that office.
For state legislative candidates, the ethics officer for the individual caucus would determine whether the members of that caucus would file electronically or on paper.
Statewide candidates who file with the Illinois Secretary of State would still be required to file on paper.
“Any time we can speed up, simplify, and improve the efficiency of government, it is a good move,” said Barickman. “This is just another small step toward those goals.”
The legislation passed the Senate on May 16 with an amendment, so it is now headed to the Illinois House for a concurrence vote. If it passes the House again, it will then be sent to the Governor for his signature.