Petitions available for Dist. 111 candidates

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 11:00 a.m. CDT

MINOOKA — Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, school board election in Minooka Community High School District #111 are now available.

Forms may be picked up in the office of the board secretary at the District Office of Minooka Community High School, 26655 W. Eames St., Channahon, IL  60410 (South Campus), on any business day, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office no earlier than 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, and no later than Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Note that the school office closes at 4 p.m. each day, other than on the last day for filing (Monday, Dec. 24) when the office will be open until 5 p.m. as required by law.

Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received.Five seats on the seven-member board of education will be filled at the April 9 election.

Candidates elected to full terms will take office within 28 days following the election and serve four-year terms expiring in April 2017.  One candidate will be elected to an unexpired, two-year term and will take office within 28 days following the election and serve until April 2015.

Because 30 percent or more of the taxable property in the district is in the unincorporated territory of the district two members must be elected from the unincorporated area.

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 resident of the State of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election, and a registered voter.

Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates are not required to indicate a political party affiliation.  Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in The School Code.

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 minimum of 50 eligible registered 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 Grundy County Circuit Clerk’s office showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests as noted above.

Further information on becoming a candidate in the April 9 board election may be obtained by contacting Mr. James Colyott, Superintendent, at 815-521-4311. 

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 at the Association’s web site: www.iasb.com/training/community_resources.cfm

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