CHICAGO HEIGHTS – Sept. 14, 2018 – Flossmoor School District 161 will have three school board seats open to be filled at the April 2, 2019, Consolidated Election.
To be eligible to serve, a school board member must be, on the date of the election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth by state law.
Prospective school board candidates, whether new or running for re-election, may begin circulating nominating petitions on September 18, 2018.
Nominating petitions must include signatures from at least 50 qualified voters or 10 percent of the voters residing within the district, whichever is less.
The filing period is December 10th through December 17th, 2018 for the April 2, 2019, consolidated election. A candidate’s filing must include a Statement of Candidacy, a receipt indicating a Statement of Economic Interests filed with the county clerk, and the nominating petitions.
School board candidate nomination papers are to be filed with the county clerk or county board of election commissions. If the school district encompasses more than one county, the correct county is that in which the main office of the school district is located.
IASB offers election information and candidate guidance on its public website at www.iasb.com/elections/ . This includes links to Illinois Board of Elections’ sample nominating petitions. In addition, the September/October issue of The Illinois School Board Journal offers advice to school board candidates on best practices to employ and mistakes to avoid.