n Illinois Election Code, Section 10 ILCS 5/29-1 dictates that paying someone to vote in your name is a Class 4 Felony
According to the Illinois Election Code, Section 10 ILCS 5/29-1, it is a Class 4 felony to pay a person to vote, to register to vote, to vote for or against a candidate or issue.
It does happe in Rockford–anecdotally attributed to the Democrat Party primarily.
A common technique is to offer people a free meal, chicken dinner, if the person arrives with proof that they voted. People are told to go vote and then bring the receipt or I voted sticker and get a free sandwich or lunch or dinner, as the case may be.
This is hard to catch because it may be legal if the meal is offered to all comers without restriction. Much like a prostitution sting, the sponsors need to be caught in the act.
Some of the high rises and RHA developments have posters, flyers advertising a free meal. The Valkommen on 7th Street was the site of a lunch sponsored by Alderman Holt. Residents were told to vote, wear their sticker, and then come for lunch.
People are sometimes offered cigarettes to vote as well.
From the March 30-April 5, 2005 issue