voting by mail State Week: Lawmakers Meet During the Pandemic By Sean Crawford, Charles N. Wheeler III, Sam Dunklau & Bill Wheelhouse • May 22, 2020 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois The Illinois legislature gathered in Springfield for the first time in weeks for a short special session. Among the issues facing lawmakers are further responses to the pandemic, rules for voting this November, and the state budget. Early Voting Is Way Up In Illinois — Will Overall Turnout Surge, Too? By Brian Mackey • Nov 5, 2018 Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois Illinois election officials say there’s been a huge spike in early voting this year. But it’s not yet clear just what that means. Mailing It In: More Illinois Voters Are Casting Ballots Through The Postal System By Sean Crawford • Oct 23, 2018 flickr/Frankileon https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ In recent years, Illinois made it easier to vote by mail. It appears more people are taking advantage.