September 25, 2012 is the first day that prospective candidates for school boards may circulate nominating petitions for signatures for the April 9th, 2013 school board election.
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
To become a school board candidate one must do the following:
- File a Statement of Economic Interests with the county clerk and obtain a receipt. (Statement forms are available from the county clerk)
- File the following with the secretary of the board of education (or the designated representative): A nominating petition signed by at least 50 registered voters or 10 percent of the voters, whichever is less; a Statement of Candidacy; a county clerk’s receipt for the Statement of Economic Interests. (Petitions and Statements of Candidacy typically are available from the board secretary.) These must be filed with the secretary no earlier than 78 days before the election (December 17, 2012 – 8:00 a.m.) and no later than 71 days before the election (December 24, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.).
- If a candidate receives or expends $3,000 or more in an election campaign, reports must be filed with the county clerk. (Forms and instructions are available from the board secretary.)
Informational packets should be available from the School District