How to run for local school board in Illinois

How to run for local school board in Illinois

School boards impact two-thirds of property tax bills on average in Illinois. Running for the school board ensures kids in the community get a quality education and winning candidates get a chance to control costs.

One election season is nearly over, but now is the time to get involved with the politics that impact communities and taxes the most: local school board races on April 4.

While the election is months away, the period for collecting petition signatures is about to start.

Why run?

Nearly two-thirds of property taxes go to local school districts on average in Illinois. Running for the school board ensures local tax dollars are put to good use.

Not only that, but running could directly impact the education of the children in the community.

Illinois’ test scores in reading and math are still well below pre-pandemic levels. Remote learning and school disruption has set many kids back. Understanding what they’re learning in class is the first step to closing the gap.

How to run?

Signatures from at least 50 registered voters in the district are required. Those signatures, along with filing papers, must be submitted to the local election authority between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

The Leadership Institute is conducting a training for all interested candidates on Nov. 19. Topics include:

  • Campaign strategy
  • Message development
  • PR & earned media
  • Fundraising
  • Building a volunteer force
  • Vote goals
  • Voter contact

The training will give candidates an overview of what to expect. It will also equip them with the information to decide whether pursuing a seat on the school board is right for them.

Click here to register.

While April 4, 2023, seems far off, candidates must act now to get on the ballot. A good start is to get some training Nov. 19 on what it takes to run.

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