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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 5/Art. 33
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.
(105 ILCS 5/Art. 33 heading)
DISTRICTS FROM 100,000 TO NOT MORE THAN 500,000 INHABITANTS
105 ILCS 5/33-1
(105 ILCS 5/33-1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-1)
Board of Education - Election - Terms.
In all school districts,
including special charter districts having a population of 100,000 and not
more than 500,000, which adopt this Article, as hereinafter provided, there
shall be maintained a system of free schools in charge of a board of education,
which shall be a body politic and corporate by the name of "Board of Education
of the City of....". The board shall consist of 7 members elected by the
voters of the district. Except as provided in Section 33-1b of this Act,
the regular election for members of the board shall be held at the consolidated election in odd numbered years and at the general primary election
in even numbered years. The law governing the registration of voters for
the primary election shall apply to the regular election. At the first
regular election 7 persons shall be elected as members of the board. The
person who receives the greatest number of votes shall be elected for a
term of 5 years. The 2 persons who receive the second and third greatest
number of votes shall be elected for a term of 4 years. The person who
receives the fourth greatest number of votes shall be elected
for a term of 3 years. The 2 persons who receive the fifth and sixth greatest
number of votes shall be elected for a term of 2 years. The person who
receives the seventh greatest number of votes shall be elected for a term
of 1 year. Thereafter, at each regular election for members of the board,
the successors of the members whose terms expire in the year of election
shall be elected for a term of 5 years. All terms shall commence on July
1 next succeeding the elections. Any vacancy occurring in the membership
of the board shall be filled by appointment until the next regular election
for members of the board.
In any school district which has adopted this Article, a proposition for
the election of board members by school board district rather than at large
may be submitted to the voters of the district at the regular school election
of any year in the manner provided in Section 9-22. If the proposition
is approved by a majority of those voting on the propositions, the board
shall divide the school district into 7 school board districts as provided
in Section 9-22. At the regular school election in the year following the
adoption of such proposition, one member shall be elected from each school
board district, and the 7 members so elected shall, by lot, determine one
to serve for one year, 2 for 2 years, one for 3 years, 2 for 4 years, and
one for 5 years. Thereafter their respective successors shall be elected
for terms of 5 years. The terms of all incumbent members expire July 1
of the year following the adoption of such a proposition.
Any school district which has adopted this Article may, by referendum in
accordance with Section 33-1a, adopt the method of electing members of the
board of education provided in that Section.
Reapportionment of the voting districts provided for in this Article or
created pursuant to a court order, shall be completed pursuant to
A board of education may appoint a student to the board to serve in an advisory capacity. The student member shall serve for a term as determined by the board. The board may not grant the student member any voting privileges, but shall consider the student member as an advisor. The student member may not participate in or attend any executive session of the board.
(Source: P.A. 94-231, eff. 7-14-05; 95-6, eff. 6-20-07.)
105 ILCS 5/33-1a
(105 ILCS 5/33-1a)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-1a)
Board of Education-Alternative Method of
Election-Terms. The board of education may, on its own motion, or shall
upon the petition of the lesser of 2,500 or 5% of the voters registered
in the district, submit to the voters of the district at a regular
school election held in an even-numbered year a proposition for the election of 4 board
members from school board districts and 3 board members at large. If
the proposition is approved by a majority of those voting on the
proposition, the board shall divide the school district into 4 school
board districts, each of which must be compact and contiguous and
substantially equal in population to each other district. At the school
election in the following year, one member shall be elected from each
school board district and 3 members shall be elected at large. They
shall commence their terms on July 1, at which time the terms of the
incumbent board members expire. Those members first elected under this
Section shall determine by lot which member at large and which 2
district members shall serve for 2 years; the other 2 members at large
and the other 2 district members shall serve for a 4 year term. Their
respective successors shall be elected for terms of 4 years.
The regular election for members of the board of education shall be
held on the same day as the regular township or municipal election.
Terms shall commence on July 1 following the election. Any vacancy
occurring in the membership of the board shall be filled by appointment
of the board until the next regular election for members of such board at
which election the office shall be filled.
(Source: P.A. 80-1469.)
105 ILCS 5/33-1b
(105 ILCS 5/33-1b)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-1b)
Whenever the date designated in Section 33-1 for the election
of members of boards of education conflicts with the celebration of Passover,
that election shall be postponed to the first Tuesday following the last
day of Passover.
(Source: P.A. 82-1014.)
105 ILCS 5/33-1c
(105 ILCS 5/33-1c)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-1c)
Reapportionment of board voting districts.
In the year
following each decennial census, the Board of Education shall reapportion
the board voting districts to reflect the results of such census. The
board voting districts shall be compact, contiguous and have substantially
the same ratio of population to the total population of the school district
as the ratio of the board members elected from that board voting district
has to the total number of members of the Board of Education. The
reapportionment plan shall be completed and formally approved by a majority
of the members of the board not less than 90 days before the last date
established by law for the filing of nominating petitions for the second
school board election after the decennial census year. If by
reapportionment a board member no longer resides within the board voting
district from which the member was elected, the member shall continue to
serve in office until the expiration of the member's regular term. All new
members shall be elected from the board voting districts as reapportioned.
(Source: P.A. 86-1331.)
105 ILCS 5/33-2
(105 ILCS 5/33-2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-2)
To be eligible for election to the board, a person
shall be a citizen of
the United States, shall have been a resident of the district for at least one
year immediately preceding his or her election, and
shall not be a child sex offender as defined in Section 11-9.3 of the
Criminal Code of 2012. Permanent removal from the
district by any member constitutes a resignation from and creates a vacancy
in the board. Board members shall serve without compensation.
Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in any special charter,
petitions nominating candidates for the board of education shall be signed
by at least 200 voters of the district; and the polls, whether they be
located within a city lying in the district or outside of a city, shall
remain open during the hours specified in the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)
105 ILCS 5/33-3
(105 ILCS 5/33-3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-3)
President, secretary and treasurer.
At the first regular meeting of the board in July of each year, or as
soon thereafter as may be, the board shall choose 1 of its number as
president, and shall appoint a secretary and a treasurer, who need not be
members of the board. The president, secretary and treasurer shall hold
their offices for 1 year and until their successors are appointed and
qualified. They shall be subject to removal by a majority of all the
members and in case of removal or where a vacancy otherwise occurs in
either of the offices the board shall appoint a successor to fill the
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
105 ILCS 5/33-4
(105 ILCS 5/33-4)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-4)
Rights, powers and duties of board.
The board of education shall succeed to all rights, powers and duties of
the former governing body of the district.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
105 ILCS 5/33-5
(105 ILCS 5/33-5)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-5)
Interest in contracts or transactions.
No member or employee of the board shall be directly or indirectly
interested in any contract, work, or business of the district, or in the
sale of any article, the expense, price or consideration of which is paid
by the district; nor in the purchase of any real estate or property
belonging to the district, or which shall be sold by virtue of legal
process at the suit of the district. Whoever violates any provision of this
Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2267.)
105 ILCS 5/33-6
(105 ILCS 5/33-6)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-6)
Adoption of article by voters.
The electors of any such
school district may adopt this Article in the following manner: whenever
1000 of the voters of the district voting at the last preceding election
petition the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court or any Judge of that
Circuit designated by the Chief Judge of the county in which the
district is located to submit to a vote of the electors of the district
the proposition as to whether the district shall adopt this Article, the
circuit court shall, upon entering an order to that effect, submit the
proposition at the next regular scheduled election. The court shall certify
the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission to the
electors in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)
105 ILCS 5/33-7
(105 ILCS 5/33-7)
(from Ch. 122, par. 33-7)
Notice of election - Law applicable - Statement of proposition.
The Chief Judge of the Circuit Court or any Judge of that Circuit designated
by the Chief Judge shall give notice of the election at which such proposition
is to be submitted by publishing the notice in accordance with the general
election law. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition is in
favor thereof this Article shall thereby be adopted by the school district,
and the circuit court shall thereupon enter an order declaring this Article
in force therein.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)