Introducing the Integrity Party Of Rich Township slate

My motivation as an elected official has always been to help our region develop physically, culturally and socially to the greatest extent possible.  Thank you for your support as we’ve achieved many of those goals, and supported good candidates together over the years. 

I am counting on your support again as I endorse and support a great slate of candidates to lead the elected offices of Rich Township.  I would also be honored to continue to have your support as I campaign for re-election as Rich Township Supervisor. Now more than ever, we need transparency, accountability and personal responsibility in local government.  The Integrity Party of Rich Township slate reflects a diverse slate of candidates from government, education, labor and business owners and administrators.  These dedicated and honest candidates will represent Rich Township well as we continue to strive for good, effective government; hence the apt name of the slate.

Efficient local government works hand in hand. Rich Township provides services that are unique to townships and are vital to its residents. Services such as General Assistance for the indigent, an acclaimed Food Pantry, an award-winning Transportation department, property tax appeals, senior services programming, voter registration, road and bridge maintenance and more. The Integrity Party of Rich Township slate endeavors to innovate, educate and continue to efficiently provide these services and work with local municipalities to optimize service delivery to our constituents. Stay tuned for more important information about Township Government generally and IPRT’s plan of operation specifically.  Thank you for your interest in good government.

Sincerely,

Al Riley 

Expanded Early Voting Sites

There are many Democratic candidates who need our support to flip their district Blue this year. Visit my State Central Committee endorsement page, including Charlene Eads for State Representative of the 79th District.

CITY OF CHICAGO

Early Voting sites in all 50 Wards – plus the Loop Super Site 
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am – 7 pm  Saturday-Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm  Election Day, Nov. 3: 6 am – 7 pm

For additional information, visit the Chicago Board of Elections website.

COOK COUNTY

Expanded Early Voting hours start on Monday, October 19.

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am – 7 pm Saturday-Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Election Day, Nov. 3: 6 am – 7 pm

For additional information, visit the Cook County Clerk’s website.

WILL COUNTY

Governor’s State University – Serving all of Will County

  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Oct 24 (Sat): 9:00 am – Noon
  • Oct 26 – 30: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Oct 31 (Sat): 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. 

Louis Sherman Community Center – Serving all of Will County

Monday – Friday: 8:30 – Noon
Additional sites start Monday, October 26 in Crete, Monee, and Washington Townships. Please visit the Will County Clerk’s website for details.

KANKAKEE COUNTY

KANKAKEE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:30 – 4:30 pm 
  • Sunday: 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Visit the Kankakee County Clerk’s website for additional information.

Make Calls to Voters in Battleground States!

During the virtual phone bank training, you’ll learn how to get involved, how to have conversations with voters to move them to action, and learn how to use phone calls to share critical voting information with people during the pandemic. Training has already started, and except for Monday the 14th , will be every day through September 19th.  

There are a couple of spots still open for tonight, which lasts an hour and 15 minutes. Sign up virtual phone bank training HERE with your preferred training time and mark your calendar. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be emailed the Zoom video call link, which you should use to join your training session at its scheduled time. 

By the way, be sure to check out my website for endorsements and local campaigns that I’ve been involved in that could really use your help this Election Season. Thanks, and on to victory in November, from the top to the bottom of the ticket.

Sincerely,
Al Riley
State Central Committeeman, 2 nd Congressional District

New Voting Laws

In response to COVID-19, our Democratic leaders passed landmark legislation to protect our right to vote this year. They also encourage us to take advantage of Vote By Mail to protect you and your community.

Encourages Illinois residents to vote by mail

  • Illinois State Board of Elections must post on its website a universal vote by mail application.
  • Election authorities can begin receiving and processing vote by mail applications immediately upon receiving them.
  • By August 1, 2020 each election authority must send a vote by mail application to: o Any person applied for a ballot – in person or via mail – during the 2018 General Election, 2019 Consolidated Election, or 2020 Primary Election; and
    • Any person who registered to vote or change their address before July 31, 2020 but after the 2020 Primary Election.
    • After the election authorities mail applications, the Secretary of State (SOS) is tasked with sending two follow-up mailers to encouraging electors to submit their vote by mail ballot.
  • New registrant will be allowed to use their voter registration as vote by mail application.
  • Vote by mail ballots can be processed within two days of receipt, though they cannot be used to tally or total votes until Election Day.

Expands opportunities for voting 

Expands early voting hours:

  • Allows election authorities to establish special early voting hours for persons with health conditions or those with COVID-19 related health concerns. 
  • Requires every election authority to have one universal voting site on Election Day. This is in addition to traditional in-precinct voting requirements. 
  • Allows election authorities to establish curb-side voting programs for any voter. 
  • Allows election authorities to establish drop boxes for vote by mail ballots. 
  • Requires election authorities to accept returned ballots, even if the postage is not included or incorrect.

Ensures every vote is counted 

  • Presumes every returned vote by mail ballot is valid. 
  • Requires each election authority to establish panels of three election judges to review returned vote by mail ballots. These judges, chosen from a list submitted by each political party, must review returned ballots and decide whether to accept or reject ballots. 
  • Ballots can on be rejected if: 
    • the signatures on the envelope and the one used by the election authority do not match;
    • the ballot envelope was delivered opened;
    • the voter has already cast a ballot or voted in person on Election Day; or
    • the voter is not duly registered to vote in the precinct. 
    • To reject a ballot, the panel must vote 3 out of 3 if the rejection is based on signature or 2 out of 3 if rejection is for another reason. 
    • If a ballot is rejected, the election authority must notify the elector within one business day. The elector can ensure the ballot is counted by responding or providing the necessary information no later than 14 days after the election.
    • Allows anyone registering to vote on election day who fails to bring the proper ID to cast a provisional ballot and have that ballot fully counted if the person submits the necessary documentation to the election authority within 14 days.

Other important changes

  • Encourages recruitment of election judges, including anyone age 16 and over to serve as election judges (students under 18 will have to meet certain GPA requirements). 
  • Requires election authorities to actively promote vote by mail and other forms of voting in any printed materials, including information about services available for people with disabilities, and anyone with barriers to their ability to vote