Illinois Legislature Passes Law Affecting Filing Period For School Board Candidates

 December 3, 2012

By: Alan M. Mullins

Today, Governor Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 3338.  This legislation alters the filing period for the 2013 consolidated election only.  The last day for filing candidate nomination papers has been moved from December 24, 2012 to December 26, 2012. Although the legislation was reportedly passed so local election officials do not have to be available to accept nomination papers on December 24, 2012, the law does not specifically provide that. Consequently, the plain language of Senate Bill 3338 only extends the filing period to December 26, 2012 and the Election Code can be read to still require that local election officials be available to accept nomination papers on December 24, 2012. Accordingly, there remains a possibility that someone will try to use the ambiguity in Senate Bill 3338 to claim that they were denied a right to file their nomination papers on December 24, 2012.

As a result of this new legislation, the last day for filing objections to nomination papers will be January 3, 2013 instead of January 2, 2013 and the last day for conducting a candidate lottery will be January 4, 2013 instead of January 2, 2013. We recommend that school districts post the new dates at their district offices and on their web sites.

 Should you have any questions regarding the filing of candidate nomination papers, you can contact Alan Mullins at (312) 565-3100 ext. 236.