County clerks worried about special election for Schock seat

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — County clerks in western and central Illinois say they’re worried about the upcoming special election for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s seat. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the election is likely to occur after June 1, when a new state law allowing same-day voter registration will take effect. Clerks in the 18th Congressional District say they don’t have enough money or time to prepare for that change. McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael estimates implementing the new law at all polling places could cost $300,000. Some clerks met Friday in Springfield. They’re asking legislators to delay the effective date of the new law. Schock announced Tuesday he’ll resign at the end of the month. Gov. Bruce Rauner then will schedule an election to replace the Peoria Republican.