Tuesday, August 7, 2018

School board candidate information available

In anticipation of the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, updated information is available on the IASB website for all candidates and prospective candidates for school boards in Illinois. See the complete list of resources here

The state elections board website lists
key dates candidates need to observe.
In addition, a Candidate’s Guide from the Illinois State Board of Elections lists several important dates candidates need to observe, including the first day to circulate nominating petitions, which is September 18.

Individuals first considering a run for school board are encouraged to read the Qualifications and Characteristics of a School Board Member, which summarizes the qualifications, position description, reasons for serving, and characteristics of effective school board members. Those past the decision-making stage are encouraged to read “Getting on, and staying on, the ballot,” by attorneys Scott F. Uhler and Gregory T. Smith. This piece, which appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of The Illinois School Board Journal, examines best practices and explores the pitfalls that a candidate can encounter in the nominating stage. 

Several other IASB resources are available, providing a wealth of information for candidates, current board members, and those contemplating school board service.