(10 ILCS 5/12A-10)
Candidate statements and photographs in the Internet Guide.
(a) Any candidate whose name appears in the Internet Guide may submit a
statement and a photograph to appear in the Internet Guide, provided that:
(1) No personal statement may exceed a brief
biography (name, age, education, and current employment) and an additional 400 words.
(2) Personal statements may include contact
information for the candidate, including the address and phone number of the campaign headquarters, and the candidate's website.
(3) Personal statements may not mention a candidate's
(4) No personal statement may include language that
may not be legally sent through the mail.
(5) The photograph shall be a conventional photograph
with a plain background and show only the face, or the head, neck, and shoulders, of the candidate.
(6) The photograph shall not (i) show the candidate's
hands, anything in the candidate's hands, or the candidate wearing a judicial robe, a hat, or a military, police, or fraternal uniform or (ii) include the uniform or insignia of any organization.
(b) The Board must note in the text of the Internet Guide that personal
submitted by the candidate or his or her designee and were not edited by the
(c) Where a candidate declines to submit a statement, the Board may note
candidate declined to submit a statement.
(e) Anyone other than the candidate submitting a statement or photograph
candidate must attest that he or she is doing so on behalf and at the direction
candidate. The Board may assess a civil fine of no more than $1,000 against a
person or entity who falsely
submits a statement or photograph not authorized by the
(f) Nothing in this Article makes the author of any statement exempt from
criminal action because of any defamatory statements offered for posting or
the Internet Guide. The persons writing, signing, or offering a statement for
the Internet Guide are deemed to be its authors and publishers, and the
Board shall not
be liable in any case or action relating to the content of any material
submitted by any
(g) The Board may set reasonable deadlines for the submission of personal
(h) The Board may set formats for the submission of statements and
Board may require that statements and photographs are submitted in an
collected pursuant to subsection
(e) of this Section shall be deposited into the Voters' Guide Fund, a special fund created in the State treasury. Moneys in the Voters' Guide Fund shall be appropriated solely to the State Board of Elections for use in the implementation and administration of this Article 12A.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05; 95-699, eff. 11-9-07.)