With few exceptions, Illinois school boards consist of seven members elected to serve terms of four years.
Elections are held at the Consolidated Election on the first Tuesday in April of each odd-numbered year. (If that date conflicts with Passover, the election moves to the second Tuesday.) Terms of members are staggered so there are three or four seats contested at each biennial election.
Vacancies caused by death or resignation are filled by appointment (by the remaining board members) until the next election.
Links on this page are intended to provide access to information and publications regarding the next election that should be helpful for school boards, candidates and voters.
Note: Recent legislation significantly changed school election procedures. The school board secretary's election responsibilities were significantly reduced and the school board president has no election responsibilities.
Please see the link below for answers to frequently asked questions about these changes to election procedures, as prepared by Melinda Selbee, IASB General Counsel, and Alan Mullins, Scariano, Himes & Petrarca, Chtd.
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