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Election of Community College Trustees

2015 Election Information

Candidates for ECC Board of Trustees can file nominating papers beginning December 15, 2014

Two six-year terms for the Office of Trustee at Elgin Community College will be elected at the Consolidated Election held April 7, 2015.

Prospective candidates can begin filing nominating papers on December 15, in the local elections official's office in Building B, room B235 on Elgin Community College's campus at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL.  Petitions may be filed either in person or by United States mail.  The period for filing nominating papers is December 15-22, 2014, Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Please note that filings made by mail must be received no earlier than the opening of the office on December 15 and not later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the filing period, December 22, 2014.

A lottery (if needed) for simultaneous filings at 8 a.m., on the first day of filing, will be held December 23, 2014, in the same office where nominating papers are filed.  Candidates need not be present at the lottery.

The office will be open for public viewing of the nominating papers December 15-23, 2014, and January 2, 5, 6 and 7, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Objections to nominating papers will be received in the same office where nominating papers are filed.  The office will be open for receiving objections on December 23, 2014, and January 2, 5, 6 and 7, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The college is closed December 24, 2014 through January 1, 2015.  Consequently, during that time, any objections can be sent by certified mail with receipt, along with your name, address and telephone number.  The objection must be postmarked by January 7, 2015 and addressed to:

Elgin Community College Election Official

Building B 235.04

1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, IL 60123

For more information, contact Diane Kerruish at 847-214-7374

The board of trustees is comprised of seven trustees elected at-large from Community College District 509 (which includes all who reside within public school districts 300, 301, 303 and U-46). An eighth trustee is a student elected by the student body.

Election Dates & Terms

Trustees are elected in the consolidated election held the first Tuesday in April in odd-numbered years. They serve six-year terms on a rotating basis. Election winners are seated as trustees within 28 days of election. Student trustees are elected annually and seated in April.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election
  • Be a resident of Illinois and the district for at least one year immediately preceding the election
  • Not be a member of a common school board

Qualifications for the student trustee are defined by student government. 

Mid-Term Vacancies

In the event of a trustee vacancy occurring between elections, remaining trustees appoint a replacement. (Specific laws apply in the replacement of the appointed trustee when the next consolidated election is held.) Student government appoints a replacement for any vacancy of the student trustee.

Board Decisions

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Final resolution of any issue is decided by a vote of the majority.

Board Responsibilities

  • Determine the policies which guide ECC
  • Monitor its fiscal affairs
  • Oversee the administration of the institution by the president

The board of trustees serves as a deliberative, legislative, and planning body which governs the college in accordance with Illinois law and the U.S. Constitution.

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