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SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today signed legislation sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones that moves the Illinois primary election to the first Tuesday in February from the third Tuesday in March. In 2008, that means an Illinois primary on February 5Th, which will give Illinoisans a louder voice in the presidential election process. As many as twenty states may hold 2008 general primaries on February 5Th, including New York, California, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey, creating what is referred to as “Super Tuesday.”

“Illinois is the fifth largest state in the country. The people who live here deserve to play a bigger role in deciding who the presidential candidates will be,” Gov. Blagojevich said.

House Bill 426, which overwhelmingly passed both chambers of the General Assembly, also impacts all other public offices up for primary election in even-numbered years, including those for Congress, the General Assembly, local government and the School Board.

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