(10 ILCS 5/6A-3)
(from Ch. 46, par. 6A-3)
Commissioners; filling vacancies.
(a) If the county board adopts an ordinance providing for the
establishment of a county board of election commissioners, or if a
majority of the votes cast on a proposition submitted in accordance with
Section 6A-2(a) are in favor of a county board of election commissioners, a
county board of election commissioners shall be appointed in the same
manner as is provided in Article 6 for boards of election commissioners
in cities, villages and incorporated towns, except that the county board of
election commissioners shall be appointed by the chair of the county board
rather than the circuit court. However, before any
appointments are made, the appointing authority shall ascertain whether
the county clerk desires to be a member of the county board of election
commissioners. If the county clerk so
desires, he shall be one of the
members of the county board of election commissioners, and the
appointing authority shall appoint only 2 other members.
(b) For any county board of election commissioners established under subsection (b) of Section 6A-1, within 30 days after July 29, 2013 (the effective date of Public Act 98-115), the chief judge of the circuit court of the county shall appoint 5 commissioners. At least 4 of those commissioners shall be selected from the 2 major established political parties of the State, with at least 2 from each of those parties. Such appointment shall be entered of record in the office of the County Clerk and the State Board of Elections. Those first appointed shall hold their offices for the period of one, 2, and 3 years respectively, and the judge appointing them shall designate the term for which each commissioner shall hold his or her office, whether for one, 2 or 3 years except that no more than one commissioner from each major established political party may be designated the same term. After the initial term, each commissioner or his or her successor shall be appointed to a 3-year term. No elected official or former elected official who has been out of elected office for less than 2 years may be appointed to the board. Vacancies shall be filled by the chief judge of the circuit court within 30 days of the vacancy in a manner that maintains the foregoing political party representation.
(c) For any county board of election commissioners established under subsection (c) of Section 6A-1, within 30 days after the conclusion of the election at which the proposition to establish a county board of election commissioners is approved by the voters, the municipal board shall apply to the circuit court of the county for the chief judge of the circuit court to appoint 2 additional commissioners, one of whom shall be from each major established political party and neither of whom shall reside within the limits of the municipal board, so that 3 commissioners shall reside within the limits of the municipal board and 2 shall reside within the county but not within the municipality, as it may exist from time to time. Not more than 3 of the commissioners shall be members of the same major established political party. Vacancies shall be filled by the chief judge of the circuit court upon application of the remaining commissioners in a manner that maintains the foregoing geographical and political party representation.
(Source: P.A. 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)