According to the Illinois Board of Elections, the deadline to register to vote is 27 days before the election: Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
See this Pew
article on the 'nonvoter' http://www.people-press.org/2012/11/01/nonvoters-who-they-are-what-they-think/
city council member told a faculty member once when he was an organizer: "if you want
to be paid attention to, you need to show that you can get people to the polls."
DeKalb County information
Application for voter registration, in English
Application for voter registration, in Spanish
Application for absentee ballots
Online voter registration
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