How To Become a Board Member

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.

Candidate's Guide 2023

Key Dates for School Board Candidates