By: Brittany Flaherty Theis

On December 2, 2012, Governor Quinn signed legislation that pushes back the deadline for candidates for local school boards to file their nominating petitions. Senate Bill 3338 (now Public Act 97-1134) moves the deadlines for filing nominating petitions from December 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. to December 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. A press release issued December 2, 2012, notes that while “Christmas Eve is not a state holiday, some local election authorities are traditionally closed, potentially hindering timely petition filing or resulting in additional unplanned expenses to local authorities.”

Senate Bill 3338 also authorizes the upcoming special general election to fill the 2nd Congressional District seat to coincide with previously scheduled local elections on April 9, 2013. The press release explains that the “new legislation ensures that both the special general election and special primary election for the 2nd District will take place on days when local elections are already being held, allowing for substantial taxpayer savings.”

This Legislative Update modifies the information provided in two previous Legislative Updates. Please read the Legislative Updates from 9/28/2012 and 11/30/2012 in conjunction with this new information. For more information or to address any questions you might have regarding the upcoming School Board Elections, please contact Whitt Law Attorney Sarah Miller.

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