Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Candidate filing period opens Dec. 12

Sample forms promulgated by
the state elections board appear
on the IASB website, plus guidance, here.
The filing period is Dec. 12-19 for the April 4, 2017 consolidated election, which includes school board elections in most Illinois public school districts.

School board candidate nomination papers are to be filed with the county clerk (or county board of election commissioners, if applicable). Note that the Cook County Clerk website lists four suburban sites, set out as the first thing on the site. If the school district encompasses more than one county, the correct county is that in which the main office of the school district is located.

To become a candidate for the school board, individuals must file the following:
  • Statement of Candidacy;
  • Receipt for Statement of Economic Interests;
  • Nominating petitions.
Prospective school board candidates began circulating nominating petitions on Sep. 20. These forms must include signatures from at least 50 qualified voters, or 10 percent of the voters residing within the district, whichever is less.

A candidate for an Illinois school board must be at least 18 years old, must have lived in the school district for at least one year, and must be a registered voter. Some restrictions also apply.

Names of qualified candidates will be placed on the ballot in the order in which nominating papers are received. If necessary, a lottery will be held for the first and last spots if multiple candidates’ papers are filed simultaneously in either the first or final hour of the filing period.

Other key dates for candidates: Dec. 27 is the last day to file objections to nominating petitions; Dec. 28 is the final date for a ballot placement lottery; Jan. 26 is the deadline day to formally withdraw as a candidate; and Feb. 2 is the final calendar day to file officially as a write-in candidate.

IASB offers election information and candidate guidance, including links to Illinois State Board of Elections and sample forms, here.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stay informed with Leading News

To help readers stay informed, IASB offers news headlines, featuring daily news about issues of importance to school board members, on this News Blog.

Leading News, a collection of public education-related headlines from across the state and nation, helps readers understand what the media is covering, and allows school board members to stay on top of the issues they face, or may face, in their leadership roles.

 Leading News is updated most weekdays, and some weekends, throughout the year. IASB members and the public can access this resource by clicking on the Leading News icon above or in the right column of the News Blog. An archive of Leading News is available there as well.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Alliance Legislative Report 99-58


It looks like no deal on a budget. Though Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders met daily this week, no agreement has been reached on either another stop-gap budget or a more permanent “grand compromise” budget. Although the education budget adopted in June was for the entire fiscal year, the budget for most state services is set to expire on Dec. 31.

House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to insist that an agreement be made on the budget alone; no reforms included. The governor persists that no budget, at least a budget with revenue enhancements, will be signed without some reforms that will help the state grow the economy in future years and help middle class taxpayers. At a minimum, the governor wants to include provisions for term limits on state legislators and a property tax freeze.


Members of the House of Representatives went as far as going on record to say that they do not think a “lame-duck” legislature should be allowed to easily raise income tax rates. Historically, big-ticket items and “hard votes” would be addressed in the few legislative days between a General Election and the day the election winners are sworn into office (second Wednesday of January). With no election accountability for those legislators who lost (or did not run for) their seat, these “lame ducks” would have more latitude to vote yes on the controversial questions, such as an increase in the income tax rate.

Currently, it takes a 3/5 vote for any bill that has an immediate effective date (like a tax increase) from June 1 until the end of the year. Starting January 1, it goes back to a simple majority. That is why the “lame duck” sessions are held in January.

But this week, the House approved HJRCA 62 (Franks, D-Woodstock) to amend the State Constitution to require a 3/5 vote until new legislators are sworn in. The resolution passed Thursday on a vote of 84-18-2, but still requires a vote in the Senate. The Senate vote could occur in January, but any such vote in that chamber is expected to have a more difficult chance of passage.  


When the education appropriations bill was approved in June there may – or may have not – been a deal between Governor Rauner and Chicago Democrats on appropriating funds to help Chicago Public Schools make payments to its teachers’ pension fund. In SB 2822 (Cullerton, D-Chicago), $215 million was appropriated for the CPS teachers’ pension fund. The governor says it was contingent on the legislature approving pension reform legislation before the end of the year; Senate President John Cullerton says there was no such deal.

The bottom line is that the governor vetoed SB 2822 today, firing a giant hole in the CPS budget. The Cullerton-led Senate promptly voted to override the veto. The House had not yet taken up a vote on the veto override motion at the time this report was sent.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 99-58, including other legislation debated during the second week of veto session. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Veto Session Update

The second week of the Veto Session of the Illinois legislature is progressing and most issues are still unsettled. A full Alliance Legislative Report will be available upon adjournment. But for now, here is the IASB lobbyists’ scorecard:
  • The governor and legislative leaders have scheduled meetings throughout the week in an attempt to agree to a full-year budget. House Speaker Madigan was a “no-show” Tuesday but attended Wednesday’s meeting. Hopes are not high around the Capitol that any breakthrough will happen this week.
  • SB 550 will be amended with provisions requiring school districts and day care centers to test for lead in the drinking water supply. IASB/Alliance has been at the negotiating table on this issue since the spring session. The amendment is scheduled for a hearing at noon today in the House Environment Committee.
  • SB 516 was amended to make specific changes in property tax law to allow Mascoutah CUSD 19 to receive federal Impact Aid because of the military base within the area. The bill was approved by the House and is pending in the Senate.
  • SB 1393 was a bill with an amendment filed to add burdensome new provisions on school districts regarding student data privacy. The amendment was defeated in the House Judiciary – Civil Committee. IASB/Alliance was the only entity to testify against the amendment.
  • HJRCA 62 would revise the Illinois Constitution to require a 3/5 vote of both chambers to increase the income tax rate in a “lame-duck” session. The resolution was approved by the House State Government Administration Committee and is pending on the House floor.
  • HR 1494 opposes voting on an income tax rate increase in a “lame-duck” session. The resolution was approved by the House State Government Administration Committee and is pending on the House floor.
  • SB 2814, the multi-billion energy package that would allow two of Illinois’ nuclear power plants to remain open, is still under consideration. Negotiators have met, committees have convened, and lobbyists have been dispatched in order to push the bill through. The bill is pending in the House of Representatives.

Previous Alliance Legislative Reports are available on the IASB website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Survey: Share your thoughts
on the 2016 Joint Annual Conference

2016 Joint Annual Conference attendees can help IASB improve future conference programming by completing an online survey. The survey is available until December 12, 2016.

Click here to take this online survey.

There are two sections and a total of 35 questions on this survey. Section I deals with the overall conference experience, including registration, housing, conference facilities, and the exhibit hall. Section II asks opinions about specific conference sessions and activities.