Information for Candidates

School Board Candidate Qualifications

As a prospective candidate, consider the following points on school board service: qualifications, the description, reasons for serving, characteristics of effective school board members, and preparation for service on the school board.

Download "Qualifications and Characteristics of School Board Candidates" (pdf)

To become a school board candidate one must

  1. File a Statement of Economic Interests with the county clerk and obtain a receipt; these forms are available from the county clerk. 

  2. Obtain and complete a nominating petition signed by at least 50 registered voters or 10% of the voters, whichever is less; and a Statement of Candidacy. Nominating petition forms and Statements of Candidacy are available from the county clerk or county board of election commissioners.

These completed documents and the county clerk’s receipt for the Statement of Economic Interests must be filed with the county clerk no earlier than 113 days before the election and no later than 106 days before the election during normal office hours. If a candidate receives or expends $3,000 or more in an election campaign, reports must be filed with the county clerk in compliance with the Illinois Campaign Disclosure Act.


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