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Want to Serve on the District 102 School Board?

Interested citizens can pick up paperwork now.

Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013 District 102 School Board election are now available. Forms may be picked up from the office of the board secretary at 1231 Weiland Road on any business day between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A School Board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office no earlier than 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 and no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 (This date could be subject to change.)

Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office. Four seats on the seven-member board of education will be filled in the election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2017.

To be eligible to serve, a School Board member must be, on the date of 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 in state law.

Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail or by an agent. They consist of the following:

  1. Nominating petitions signed by a least 50 voters residing within the district. Petitions must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively, and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator.
  2. Statement of candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
  3. A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests as noted above.
  4. A loyalty oath, which is optional. A candidate may choose whether to file it.

Other important dates for candidates are:

  • Wednesday, January 2, 2013: last day for filing objections to a candidate’s nominating papers in the office of the board secretary.
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2013: last day for a candidate to withdraw from nomination.

Further information on becoming a candidate in the April 9 board election may be obtained by contacting Marilyn Lynch in the superintendent's office at (847) 353-5660.

For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a School Board, contact the Illinois Association of School Boards for a free booklet, “Your School Board and You.” Write: IASB, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62703. The booklet also is available on the IASB’s website.

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