Hundreds of candidates, or their supporters, stood in line outside the state board of elections office in Springfield Monday morning to turn in petitions.
Anyone there before 8 AM could have their name listed first should they make it onto the primary ballot.
Theresa Mah was one of them. She's running for state representative in the second district, in Chicago. Mah says when she knocked on voters' doors to get their signatures most people were supportive.
Many expressed concern about Illinois' budget: