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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 guidance for boards of education and new board members after the election. The publications and information listed below offer assistance to aid with orientation for new board members and provide insight into the responsibilities of a local school board.


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