Can a Court Exercise Jurisdiction If a Petitioner Fails to Serve the Necessary Parties Within 10 Days ?

In Allord v. Municipal Officers Electoral Board, 288 Ill. App. 3d 897, 902, 682 N.E.2d 125, 224 Ill. Dec. 564 (1997), the court stated that the limited time frames to election proceedings required prompt service to permit an opportunity to answer within the short 10-day period. Allord, 288 Ill. App. 3d at 903. The petitioner in Allord attached proof of service to his petition that included the electoral board and the attorney of the other candidates, but not the candidates personally. Allord, 288 Ill. App. 3d at 903. Therefore, the petitioner's failure to serve the necessary parties within 10 days of filing his petition precluded the court from exercising jurisdiction. Allord, 288 Ill. App. 3d at 904.