First Day School Board Filings

All school board candidates now file their petitions at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

Here who has filed the first day:

Nippersink (Richmond-Spring Grove) Grade District 2 – No one

Fox River Grove Grade District 3 –

  • Devin Bright
  • Thomas Mollet
  • Gerry Blohm

Johnsburg Unit District 12 –

  • Steve Rooney
  • Melissa A Tinsley
  • Scott M Rowe
  • Valerie Klos

McHenry Grade School District 15 –

  • Paul Santopadre
  • Betty Davis

Riley Grade School District 18 – No one

Alden-Hebron Unit District 19 –

  • Johnny A Eskridge
  • Kenneth M Winkelman

Cary Grade School District 26 –  No one

Harrison (Wonder Lake) Grade School District 36 –

  • David Yang
  • Mark Nothdorf
  • Cliff Leegard
  • Bob Anderson
  • Karen Parks
  • Laurie Alsot

Prairie Grove Grade School District 46 – Khushali Z. Shah

Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 –

  • Robert Fetzner
  • Ryan Ferrell

Harvard Unit District 50 –

  • Diana Bird
  • Julie Lehmann
  • Sandra J Theriault
  • Patricia Bredehorst

Marengo High School District 154 – Elizabeth Henning

No one has filed for the District 155 School Board.

No one has filed for the District 155 School Board.

Crystal Lake High School District 155 – No one

McHenry High School District 156 – John Schroeder

Richmond-Burton High School District 157 –

  • Theresa Highley
  • Steven D Holtz

Huntley Unit School District 158 – No one

Marengo-Union Grade School District 165 – No one

Woodstock Unit School District 200 – Russell Goerl

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Schools spend about two-thirds of our property tax dollars.

For people who want to make a difference as far as taxes go, school board should be on the top of one’s list.

You can get petitions and other necessary paperwork at the Kane County Clerk’s web site.  Click here.

Below are some petition passing tips:

Petition Filing Tips

With filling for school, park, fire protection, library, etc., districts starting Monday, December 15th,  and ending Monday December 22nd, I thought a repeal of my petition tips might be in order.

Not many signatures are required. And “signatures” means people must write, not print their names!

Only 15 were required to get on the Crystal Lake City ballot.  Even so, one candidate for City Council only handed in 16 and two were from people who didn’t live in Crystal Lake, so they didn’t count.

Pretty much anyone could get enough this weekend.

Petitions can be picked up from most of the district offices, except for school board. They are being distributed by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office in Woodstock.  Remember, most of our taxes are imposed by school districts.

Read how two candidates got removed from the Crystal Lake ballot by clicking this story’s headline:

Crystal Lake Incumbents Eliminate Competition

Here are some tips about petition filing that I hope are helpful:

Petition Tips

Filing for all villages, school boards, park districts, fire protection districts, library districts, etc., starts next Monday and continues for a week.

The lessons candidates should learn from this are

  1. File with the County Clerk a Statement of Economic Interest (known by politicians as the “None, None, None” form). Staple the receipt you receive to your petition package.
  2. Make sure you number the pages of your petition.
  3. Make sure you get twice as many petition signatures as you need.  (While Crystal Lake Council candidate Jeremy Krick was not thrown off the ballot because two of his sixteen signatures were from people living outside of Crystal Lake, that would have been a good enough reason to do so. Losing those two signatures put him under the required minimum number of fifteen.)
  4. Make sure you sign the bottom of your petitions or have your supporters sign the bottom of their petitions in front of a notary public and that those notarizing the signatures both sign and affix their stamps to the form’s bottom.
  5. Staple all of your paperwork together. Do not use a paper clip.
  6. The Loyalty Oath is not required. The law that provided for it has been held unconstitutional.


First Day School Board Filings — 3 Comments

  1. “Staple, do not paper-clip, your petitions.” – Are you serious?

    Any serious member of Government who enforces this useless rule is, by definition, a TOTAL MORON.

    How sad….our Government officials have dropped this low.

    Are we interested in encouraging involvement?

  2. There are court decisions that have knocked out most paper clipped petitions.

  3. Why are “court decisions” regarded as helpful.

    Usually, judges are on the take or they are political allies of one faction or the other.

    A “court decision” shouldn’t over-ride common sense.

    A paper clip vs a stapling?

    This determines whether a person can run for office or not.

    Give me a break.

    Kindergarten runs with greater sophistication.

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