Bill would postpone 2022 Illinois primary

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SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers are considering a massive omnibus bill that would push back the date of the 2022 primary elections amid other major changes to the state’s election code.

It was filed Sunday night, and the General Assembly could move it through committees and floor votes in both chambers on the final day of the legislative session Monday.

An amendment to Senate Bill 825 would also strengthen the state’s cybersecurity surrounding elections and make Election Day a holiday among other provisions in the 156-page bill.

Under the legislation, in 2022, early voting for primary elections will start May 19 and Election Day will be June 28. State primaries are typically held in March, and the provision changing dates is set to expire at the start of 2023.

General Election Day, November 8, would also become a state holiday in 2022. It will be a legal school holiday, and any schools closing due to the holiday would “be made available to an election authority as a polling place for 2022 General Election Day.” The provision would also expire at the start of 2023.

After high profile cybersecurity breaches involving the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Attorney General’s office, the omnibus will also require election authorities to beef up cybersecurity measures including monthly vulnerability scans, risk assessment every two years and use protection from the Department of Innovation and Technology or a third-party vendor within one year of its passage.

Photos: Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park brings together history and nature

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Pat and Steve Bradstreet of Kalamazoo, Michigan, observe the dam from the lookout at Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The park is one of the most popular in Illinois.



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A viewing platform rings the very top of Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The rock plateau was the site of French Fort St. Louis during the height of the fur trade in 1663.



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A fisherman lets out his line as he trolls for the "big one" in the Illinois River below Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The area above the dam is a popular recreation area for fishermen.



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The Illinois River above the dam at Starved Rock State Park creates a lake that is known for its good fishing, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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The St. Louis Falls is a popular, short hike at Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The falls tends to run whenever there is at least a little recent rainfall.



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Starved Rock State Park Natural Resources Coordinator Lisa Sons walks down one of the many stairs that climb to the top of the park’s peak, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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Hikers traverse a valley carved from rock at Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021. The area is home to the popular St. Louis Falls.



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Several gentle trails wind through Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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A butterfly garden meets those who enter the Visitor’s Center at Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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The lodge at Starved Rock State Park exhibits the influence of depression era architecture, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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A model of Fort St. Louis shows the orientation of the fort atop Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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One of several carved tree trunks decorate a dedicated area for cabins for rent at Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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A large "Jack-in the Pulpit" is among many unusal flowers found along the trails at Starved Rock State Park, Thursday, May 13, 2021.



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Bluebells cover the approach to Illinois Canyon at Starved Rock State Park in April 2016. The area is lined with flowers that flow along the park’s many trails.



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A waterfall is frozen in Ottawa Canyon at Starved Rock State Park in January 2019.



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Council Overhang at Starved Rock State Park displays Fall colors near Utica during Fall of 2016.



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May 31, 2021 at 02:20PM

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