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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 5/8-15
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.
(105 ILCS 5/8-15)
(from Ch. 122, par. 8-15)
Statement of district accounts.
The school treasurer shall furnish to the school board of the district
which he serves as treasurer a monthly reconciliation required by Section
8-6. The treasurer shall comply with any lawful demand the trustees or
school board, as the case may be, may make as to the verification of any
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31
105 ILCS 5/8-16
(105 ILCS 5/8-16)
(from Ch. 122, par. 8-16)
School orders; Teacher's wages.
The school treasurer shall pay out funds of the school district only
upon an order of the school board signed by the president and
clerk or secretary or by a majority of the board, except payment of the
obligations for Social Security taxes as required by the Social Security
Enabling Act and payment of recurring bills, such as utility bills, may be made upon a certification by the clerk or secretary
of the board of the amount of the obligation only. When an order issued
for the wages of a teacher is presented to the treasurer and is not paid
for want of funds, the treasurer shall endorse it over his signature,
"not paid for want of funds" with the date of presentation, and shall
make and keep a record of the endorsement. The order shall thereafter
bear interest at the rate, not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the
Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the
contract, established by the school board of the district, until the
treasurer shall notify the clerk or secretary in writing that
he has funds to pay the order. Whenever the treasurer obtains sufficient
funds to pay any such order he shall set them aside for such purpose and
shall not use them to pay any other order until the order previously
presented and not paid is paid or otherwise discharged. The treasurer shall
make and keep a record of the notices and hold the funds necessary to pay
such order until it is presented. The order shall draw no interest after
notice is given to the clerk or secretary.
Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the establishment of a
voucher system of expenditures as provided in Section 10-23.5 of this
With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this
Section either before, on, or after June 6, 1989, it is and always has been
the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are
and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in
accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this
Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts,
(ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the
supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that
instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority
granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision
of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than
(Source: P.A. 96-998, eff. 7-2-10.)
105 ILCS 5/8-17
(105 ILCS 5/8-17)
(from Ch. 122, par. 8-17)
Duties of treasurer.
(a) It is also the duty of the township
1. Return to the county clerk, on or before the
first Tuesday in October in each year, the certificate of tax levy made by each school board in his township.
2. Pay all lawful orders issued by the school board
of any district in his township.
3. Collect from the township and county collectors
the full amount of taxes levied by the school boards in his township.
4. Examine the official records of each district in
the township on the first Mondays in April and October of each year.
5. Keep a record account between districts when
pupils are transferred from one district to another.
6. Give notice of the election of trustees, and in
case of the formation of a new school district, of the election of school directors or school board members.
7. Give notice of any regular district election when
the directors or school board members fail or refuse to do so.
8. Publish in some English language newspaper of his
county an annual statement of the finances of the township.
9. Be responsible for receipts, disbursements and
investments arising out of the operation of the school district under his supervision.
(b) The duties of the township treasurer set forth in subsection (a)
shall not be deemed or construed to extend or apply with respect to any
school district in his township which has withdrawn from the jurisdiction
and authority of the township trustees and from the jurisdiction and
authority of the township treasurer as provided in subsection (b) of
Section 5-1, nor to the school business, tax levies, tax revenues, payment
orders, records, elections, annual statements, receipts, disbursements,
investments or other financial or business activities or affairs of any
such school district or of the school board of any such district, other
than the duty to account in accordance with law for any balance of the
income from the permanent township fund required to be apportioned and
distributed to any such district pursuant to Section 5-17 after payment of
all valid claims as provided in that Section, and except as otherwise
provided with respect to the distribution and apportionment of funds
pursuant to Sections 15-31 and 19-28.
(Source: P.A. 86-1441.)
105 ILCS 5/8-18
(105 ILCS 5/8-18)
(from Ch. 122, par. 8-18)
District in two or more townships-Taxes-Treasurer.
When a district is composed of parts of two or more townships, any
treasurer not authorized to receive the taxes of the district shall notify
the school board of the amount of funds held by him to the credit of the
district, and the school board shall thereupon give the proper treasurer an
order for the funds.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
105 ILCS 5/8-19
(105 ILCS 5/8-19)
(from Ch. 122, par. 8-19)
Delivery of money, books, mortgages, etc.
At the expiration of his term of office, or upon his removal or
resignation the school treasurer, or in case of his death, his
representatives shall deliver to his successor, all moneys, books,
mortgages, notes and securities, and all papers and documents in which the
district has any lawful interest.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
105 ILCS 5/8-20
(105 ILCS 5/8-20)
(from Ch. 122, par. 8-20)
Failure or refusal to perform duties.
The school treasurer who as such treasurer fails, neglects or refuses to
perform the duties imposed upon him by this Act, within the time or in the
manner prescribed, shall forfeit not less than ten dollars, nor more than
twenty-five dollars, of his pay as treasurer, which forfeiture shall be
enforced by the trustees or school board of the district as the case may
be. For any failure or refusal to perform all the duties required of the
treasurer by law, he shall be liable to the trustees of schools or school
board or their successors in office as the case may be, upon his official
bond, for all damages sustained, to be recovered by civil action by the
trustees or school board or their successors in office as the case may be,
for the use of the township or school district as the case may be, before
any court having jurisdiction of the amount of damages claimed; but if the
treasurer, in any failure or refusal, acted under and in conformity to a
requisition or order of the trustees of schools or a school board as the
case may be entered upon their minutes and subscribed by their president
and secretary or clerk, then, and in that case, the trustees of schools or
school board as the case may be or those voting for the requisition or
order, and not the treasurer shall be liable, jointly and severally, to the
inhabitants of the township or district as the case may be for such
damages, to be recovered by a civil action in the official name of the
county superintendent of schools, having supervision and control over the
district for the use of the townships or districts as the case may be:
provided that the school treasurer shall be liable for any part of the
judgment obtained against the trustees of schools or school board or
members thereof as the case may be which cannot be collected on account of
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
105 ILCS 5/Art. 9
(105 ILCS 5/Art. 9 heading)
105 ILCS 5/9-1
(105 ILCS 5/9-1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-1)
Scope of article.
All school elections shall be governed
by the general election law of the State.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)
105 ILCS 5/9-1.1
(105 ILCS 5/9-1.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-1.1)
Whenever a proposition or public question is
required to be submitted pursuant to this Act for approval or rejection
by the electorate at an election, the time and manner of conducting such
referendum shall be in accordance with the general election law of the State.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)
105 ILCS 5/9-1.5
(105 ILCS 5/9-1.5)
By a vote of the majority of the members of the school board, the board may authorize an advisory question of public policy to be placed on the ballot at the next regularly scheduled election in the school district. The school board shall certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the Election Code, provided, however, that no such question may be submitted at a consolidated primary election.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11.)
105 ILCS 5/9-2
(105 ILCS 5/9-2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-2)
As used in this Act in connection with elections of school officials and referenda:
(a) "Voter" or "Legal voter" or "elector" means a person qualified to
vote under the general election law.
(b) "Certify" and "certification", when used in connection with elections
of officers or referenda, refers to the certification in accordance with
the general election law of offices, candidates or propositions to county
clerks and boards of election commissioners for inclusion on the ballot at an election.
(c) "Submit" and "submission" when used in connection with a referendum
on a proposition or question refers to the submission to the voters in accordance
with the general election law of the proposition or question by county clerks
and boards of election commissioners.
(d) "Local election official" means the secretary of a board of
education, the secretary or clerk of a board of school directors, the
treasurer of a township board of school trustees, the secretary of township
land commissioners and the regional superintendent of schools with respect
to the various school officer elections and school referenda for which the
regional superintendent is assigned election duties pursuant to this Code.
(Source: P.A. 84-1338.)
105 ILCS 5/9-5
(105 ILCS 5/9-5)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-5)
Election dates and terms of offices.
upon which school officer elections shall be held are
as established in the general election law. Members of boards of education
shall unless otherwise provided serve terms of 4 years.
If, at a regularly scheduled election, a proposition
is submitted to the voters of a district, as provided by a resolution
of the board, on the question of
whether board members should serve for 6 year terms and the proposition
receives the affirmative vote of those voting thereon, members of the board
of education shall thereafter serve for terms of 6 years.
(Source: P.A. 82-1014.)
105 ILCS 5/9-10
(105 ILCS 5/9-10)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-10)
Candidates for office - nominating petitions.
the office of school director shall be nominated by petition signed by at
least 25 voters or 5% of the voters, whichever is less, residing within
the district and filed with the county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located.
Nominations for members of boards of education, including non-high school
boards of education shall be made by a petition signed by at least 50 voters
or 10% of the voters, whichever is less, residing within the district and
shall be filed with the county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located. In addition
to the requirements of the general election law, the form of such petitions
shall be substantially as follows:
(LEAVE OUT THE INAPPLICABLE PART.)
To the (County Clerk or County Board of Election Commissioners) .... of .... County:
We the undersigned, being (.... or more) (or 10% or more) (or 5% or more)
of the voters residing within said district, hereby petition that .... who
resides at .... in the (city or village) of .... in Township .... (or who
resides outside any city, village or incorporated town and in Township ....) in
said district shall be a candidate for the office of .... of the board of
education (or board of directors) (full term) (vacancy) to be voted for at the
election to be held on (insert date).
Name: .................. Address: ...................
In the designation of the name of a candidate on a petition for
nomination, the candidate's given name or names, initial or initials, a nickname by which the candidate is commonly known, or a combination thereof may be used in addition to the candidate's surname. If a candidate has changed his or her name, whether by a statutory or common law procedure in Illinois or any other jurisdiction, within 3 years before the last day for filing the petition, then (i) the candidate's name on the petition must be followed by "formerly known as (list all prior names during the 3-year period) until name changed on (list date of each such name change)" and (ii) the petition must be accompanied by the candidate's affidavit stating the candidate's previous names during the period specified in clause (i) and the date or dates each of those names was changed; failure to meet these requirements shall be grounds for denying certification of the candidate's name for the ballot, but these requirements do not apply to name changes resulting from adoption to assume an adoptive parent's or parents' surname, marriage to assume a spouse's surname, or dissolution of marriage or declaration of invalidity of marriage to assume a former surname. No other designation, such as a political slogan, as defined by Section 7-17 of the Election Code, title or degree, or nickname suggesting or implying possession of a title, degree or professional status, or similar information may be used in connection with the candidate's surname.
Nomination papers filed under this Section are not valid unless the candidate
named therein files with the county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located a receipt
from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed a statement of
economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
Such receipt shall be so filed either previously during the calendar year
in which his nomination papers were filed or within the period for the filing
of nomination papers in accordance with the general election law.
All petitions for the nomination of members of a board of education shall
be filed with the county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located within the time provided for
by the general election law. The county clerk or the county board of election commissioners may have petition
for issuance to potential candidates, and may give notice of the petition
filing period by publication in a newspaper of general circulation within
the school district not less than 10 days prior to the first day of filing.
The county clerk or the county board of election commissioners shall make certification to the proper election authorities
in accordance with the general election law.
The county clerk or the county board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the county in which the principal office of the school district is located shall notify the candidates
for whom a petition for nomination is filed or the appropriate committee
of the obligations under the Campaign Financing Act as provided in the general
election law. Such notice
shall be given on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections and
in accordance with the requirements of the general election law. The county clerk or county board of election commissioners
shall within 7 days of filing or on the last day for filing, whichever is
earlier, acknowledge to the petitioner in writing the office's acceptance of the
A candidate for membership on the board of education or for office as a
school director, who has petitioned for nomination to fill a full term and
to fill a vacant term to be voted upon at the same election, must withdraw
his or her petition for nomination from either the full term or the vacant
term by written declaration.
In all newly organized districts the petition for the nomination of
for members of the board of education at the first election shall be addressed
to and filed with the regional superintendent of schools in the manner herein
specified for the petitions for
members of a board of education. For such election the regional superintendent
shall fulfill all duties otherwise assigned to the secretary of the board
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)
105 ILCS 5/9-11
(105 ILCS 5/9-11)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-11)
Tax rate increase - notice of election - ballot.
In addition to the notice requirements of the general election law,
whenever a proposition to increase a school tax rate is submitted to be
voted upon by the voters of any district the notice of such election shall
include an estimate of the approximate amount of taxes extendible under
the maximum rate then in force and an estimate of the approximate amount
of taxes extendible under the proposed increased rate, such amounts being
computed upon the last known full, fair cash value; provided that any error,
miscalculation or inaccuracy in computing such amounts shall not invalidate
or affect the validity of any rate so increased. The board of directors
shall make such estimate and the secretary shall certify such amount to
the election authority as part of the certification of the proposition as
required by the general election law. Such estimate shall appear on the
ballot on which the proposition is printed, but shall not appear as a part
of the proposition.
(Source: P.A. 83-448.)
105 ILCS 5/9-11.1
(105 ILCS 5/9-11.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 9-11.1)
The county clerk or the board of election commissioners, as the case may be, of the jurisdiction in which the principal office of the school district is located shall conduct a lottery to
determine the ballot order of candidates for full terms in the event of
any simultaneous petition filings. Such candidate lottery shall be conducted as follows:
All petitions filed by persons waiting in line as of 8:00 a.m. on the
first day for filing, or as of the normal opening hour of the office
involved on such day, shall be deemed simultaneously filed as of 8:00 a.m.
or the normal opening hour, as the case may be. Petitions filed by mail
and received after midnight of the first day for filing and in the first
mail delivery or pickup of that day shall be deemed simultaneously filed
as of 8:00 a.m. of that day or as of the normal opening hour of such day,
as the case may be. All petitions received thereafter shall be deemed
filed in the order of actual receipt. However, 2 or more petitions filed within the last hour of the filing deadline shall be deemed filed simultaneously.
Where 2 or more petitions are received simultaneously for the same office
as of 8:00 a.m. on the first day for petition filing, or as of the normal
opening hour of the office of the county clerk or the board of election commissioners, as the case may be, the county clerk or the board of election commissioners with whom such petitions are filed shall break ties and
determine the order of filing by means of a lottery or other fair and
impartial method of random selection. Such lottery shall be conducted
within 9 days following the last day for petition filing and shall be open
to the public. Seven days written notice of the time and place of conducting
such random selection shall be given
by the county clerk or the board of election commissioners to all candidates who filed their petitions
simultaneously and to each organization of citizens within the election
jurisdiction which was entitled, under the general election law, at the
next preceding election, to have pollwatchers present on
the day of election. The county clerk or the board of election commissioners shall post in a
conspicuous, open and public place, at the entrance of his or her office,
notice of the time and place of such lottery.
All candidates shall be certified in the order in which their petitions
have been filed and in the manner prescribed by Section 10-15 of the
general election law. Where candidates have filed simultaneously, they
shall be certified in the order prescribed by this Section and prior to
candidates who filed for the same office at a later time.
Where elections are conducted for unexpired terms, a second lottery to
determine ballot order shall be conducted for candidates who simultaneously
file petitions for such unexpired terms. Such lottery shall be conducted
in the same manner as prescribed by this Section for full term candidates.
(Source: P.A. 98-691, eff. 7-1-14.)