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School Board Candidate Nominating Petitions

School board candidate nominating petitions face upcoming deadlines for April 2015 election


Starting in late September, a series of deadlines will mark progress toward the April 7, 2015, school board elections.


The first day that prospective school board candidates may circulate nominating petitions for signatures should be Tuesday, Sep. 23.  Signed petitions should be turned in to the county clerk's office or the county board of election commissioners between Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, [as stated in law, the deadline is no more than 113 days nor less than 106 days before the date of the election], according to the illinois State Board of Elections.


Because of major changes made in state law, school board candidate nomination papers are no longer filed with the school district but must be filed, instead, with the county clerk or county board of elections commissioners of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located.  That's because local school districts are no longer the election authority directed to carry out these duties.


The local school board election authority is still responsible for receiving and certifying petitions and resolutions for referenda(10-10, PA 98-0115, 10 ILCS 5/28-2 and 28-5).


IASB has prepared and posted online a frequently-asked questions document to help explain these changes to election procedures, as prepared by Melinda Selbee, IASN general counsel, and Alan Mullins, Scariano, Himes & Petrarca, Chtd.  This can be found online at: http://www.iasb.com/elections/ElectionFAQ2014.pdf.