Thursday, September 8, 2016

Candidates can circulate nominating petitions starting September 20

Prospective school board candidates, whether new or running for re-election, may begin circulating nominating petitions on September 20.

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.

Nominating petitions must include signatures from at least 50 qualified voters or 10 percent of the voters residing within the district, whichever is less.

The filing period is December 12-19 for the April 4, 2017 consolidated election. A candidate’s filing must include a Statement of Candidacy, a receipt indicating a Statement of Economic Interests is on file with the county clerk, and the nominating petitions.

School board candidate nomination papers are to be filed with the county clerk or county board of election commissions. 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.

Prior to the 2015 election, school board nominating petitions were filed with the school district; this is no longer the case. However, the school district retains the responsibility to receive and certify petitions for referenda.

IASB offers election information and candidate guidance on its public website at This includes links to Illinois Board of Elections’ sample nominating petitions. In addition, the September/October issue of The Illinois School Board Journal offers advice to school board candidates on best practices to employ and mistakes to avoid