A press release from State Rep. Barbara Wheeler:
Rep. Wheeler Signs On as Chief Co-Sponsor of Bill to Change Dates for School Board Elections
CRYSTAL LAKE…..While members of local boards of education are responsible for setting tax rates that comprise the lion’s share of property tax bills, the elections for these individuals occur at times when voter turnout is the lowest.
State Representative Barb Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) hopes to change that with legislation she decided to co-sponsor this week.
House Bill 2926 would change the dates for elections for local and county school board members from the spring elections in odd-numbered years to the general (fall) elections in even numbered years, the same time when large races like President of the United States and Governor take place.
“School board members make significant decisions regarding taxpayer dollars at the local level,” said Wheeler.
“Unfortunately, most people do not know much about their elected school board members and do not even vote in the elections where these people are chosen.”
According to Wheeler, the election code and school code would both be amended to reflect the date changes for school board elections.
“This is common sense legislation that would move these important races to ballots where more people are tuned into the political process,” said Wheeler.