Qualifications to hold office & term limits
President of the United States
35 years old, no person except a natural born citizen, 14 years residency
within the U.S.
30 years old, 9 years a citizen of U.S., inhabitant of state when
25 years old, 7 years a citizen of U.S., inhabitant of state when
Governor and Lt. Governor
2 years residency, Citizen of United States, 21 years old, Term
Limit: 2 consecutive terms
No specified qualifications, Term Limit: 2 consecutive terms
21 years old; 2 years residency; qualified voter; may not have been
convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime; may not have
illegally taken "public moneys"; Term Limit: 4 consecutive terms in
House, 4 consecutive terms in Senate
Public Utilities Commissioner
25 years old, 2 years residency, qualified voter of the state, no
conflict of interest
Circuit Court Judges
Citizen of United States, resident of state, voter in circuit,
licensed to practice law
Supreme Court Justice
Citizen of United States, resident of state, voter in district
represented, licensed to practice law
Delegates to state or national party conventions
Registered voter of party
State's attorney must be licensed to practice law.
Sheriff candidate must have a certification from Law Enforcement
Officers Standards Commission before filing. Call 773-3584.
Qualified voter and resident of municipality, reside in municipality
3 months before election, not a defaulter to the municipality.
Alderman candidates must be registered voters and residents of the
ward they are running for when nominated.
School Board Members
Resident voter, may not hold an incompatible office.