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105 ILCS 5/34-3
(105 ILCS 5/34-3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 34-3)
Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees; new Chicago Board of
Education; members; term; vacancies.
(a) Within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of
1995, the terms of all members of the Chicago Board of Education
holding office on that date are abolished and the Mayor shall appoint,
without the consent or approval of the City Council, a 5 member
Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees which shall take office upon the
appointment of the fifth member. The Chicago School
Reform Board of Trustees and its members
shall serve until, and the terms of all members of the Chicago School
Reform Board of Trustees shall expire on, June 30, 1999 or upon the
appointment of a new Chicago Board of Education as provided
in subsection (b), whichever is later. Any vacancy in the membership of
the Trustees shall be filled through appointment by the Mayor,
without the consent or approval of the City Council, for the unexpired term.
One of the members appointed by the Mayor to the Trustees shall
be designated by the Mayor to serve as President of the Trustees. The
Mayor shall appoint a full-time, compensated
chief executive officer, and his or her compensation as such chief executive
officer shall be determined by the Mayor. The Mayor, at his or her discretion,
may appoint the President to serve simultaneously as the chief executive
(b) This subsection applies until January 15, 2025. Within 30 days before the expiration of the terms of the members of
the Chicago Reform Board of Trustees as provided in subsection (a), a new
Chicago Board of Education consisting of 7 members shall be appointed by the
Mayor to take office on the later of July 1, 1999 or the appointment of the
seventh member. Three of the members initially so appointed under this
subsection shall serve for terms ending June 30, 2002, 4 of the members
initially so appointed under this subsection shall serve for terms ending
June 30, 2003, and each member initially so appointed shall continue to hold
office until his or her successor is appointed and qualified.
(b-5) On January 15, 2025, the terms of all members of the
Chicago Board of Education appointed under subsection (b) are
abolished when the new board, consisting of 21 members, is appointed by the Mayor and elected by the electors of the school district as provided under subsections (b-10) and (b-15) and takes office.
(b-10) By December 16, 2024 for a term of office beginning on January 15, 2025, the Mayor shall appoint 10 Chicago Board of Education members to serve terms of 2 years. All appointed members shall serve until a successor is appointed or elected and qualified. Thereafter at
the expiration of the term of any member a successor
shall be elected and shall hold office for a term of 4 years,
from January 15 of the year in which the term commences and until a successor
is appointed or elected and qualified. Any vacancy in the appointed membership of the Chicago Board
of Education shall be filled through appointment by the Mayor for the
unexpired term. The terms of the 10 appointed members under this subsection shall end on January 14, 2027.
By December 16, 2024 for a term of office beginning
on January 15, 2025, the Mayor shall appoint a President of the Board for a term of 2 years. The board shall elect annually from its
number a vice-president, in such
manner and at such
time as the board determines by its rules. The president appointed by the Mayor and vice-president elected by the board shall each
perform the duties imposed upon their respective office by the rules of the
board, provided that (i) the president shall preside at meetings of the board
and shall only
have voting rights to break a voting tie of the other Chicago
Board of Education elected and appointed members and (ii) the vice
president shall perform the duties of the president if that office is vacant or
the president is absent or unable to act. Beginning with the 2026 general election, one member shall be elected at large and serve as the president of the board.
After January 15, 2027, the president shall preside at meetings of the board and vote as any other member but have no power of veto.
The secretary of the Board shall be selected by the Board and shall be an
employee of the Board rather than a member of the Board, notwithstanding
subsection (d) of Section 34-3.3. The duties of the secretary shall be
imposed by the rules of the Board.
(b-15) Beginning with the 2024 general election, 10 members of the Chicago Board of Education shall be elected to serve a term of 4 years in office beginning on January 15, 2025. Beginning with the 2026 general election, 10 members of the Chicago Board of Education shall be elected to serve a term of 4 years in office beginning on January 15, 2027. Whenever a vacancy of a Chicago Board of Education elected board member occurs, the President of the Board shall notify the Mayor of the vacancy within 7 days after its occurrence and shall, within 30 days, fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term by majority vote of the remaining board members. The successor shall have the same qualifications as his or her predecessor.
For purposes of elections conducted under this subsection, the City of Chicago shall be subdivided into electoral districts as provided under subsection (a) of Section 34-21.10. From January 15, 2025 to January 14, 2027, each district shall be represented by one elected member and one appointed member. After January 15, 2027, each district shall be represented by one elected member.
(b-30) No member shall have, or be an employee or owner of a company that has, a contract with the school district. No former officer, member, or employee of the board shall, within a period of one year immediately after termination of service on the board, knowingly accept employment or receive compensation or fees for services from a person or entity if the officer, member, or employee, during the year immediately preceding termination of service on the board, participated personally and substantially in the award of contracts with the board or the school district, or the issuance of contract change orders with the board or the school district, with a cumulative value of $25,000 or more to the person or entity, or its parent or subsidiary.
(c) The board 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. 102-177, eff. 6-1-22; 102-691, eff. 12-17-21