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Cook County Clerk’s Office Kicks Off

School Board Candidate Filing for April Consolidated Election


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CHICAGO, IL- More than 700 candidates from 145 suburban school districts are expected to file paperwork to run for seats on local school boards as the Cook County Clerk’s Office kicks off candidate filing on Monday, December 12, for the April 2023 Consolidated Election.

Suburban School Board candidates must file their paperwork with the Clerk’s Office between December 12 and December 19 to place their names on the 2023 ballot for the April 4 election. Filing will take place at the Clerk’s downtown Chicago office, as well as at the Clerk’s Elections Operations Center in Cicero. In addition, on the first day of filing (December 12), the Clerk’s Office will conduct candidate filing at suburban locations in Orland Park and Mount Prospect.


Regardless of the location where they file the paperwork, all candidates who are in line by 8 a.m. on December 12th will have their papers time stamped and will be entered into a lottery to win top placement on the ballot. Candidates for the same office who file between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on December 19, the last day of filing, will also be included in a ballot lottery for the last spot on the ballot. Anyone who files between 8:01 a.m. on December 12 and 3:59 p.m. on December 19 will be on the ballot in the order in which they turned in their nomination paperwork.

Information about how to file to be a school board candidate can be found on the Clerk’s website, on the Info For Candidates 2023 Page.

Candidates running for other local offices besides school boards such as towns, villages, townships, library districts, college districts, fire protection districts, and park boards, must file candidate paperwork with the municipality in which they are seeking election.

The locations, dates, and times are as follows:
Monday, December 12: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Cook County Clerk’s Office : 69 W. Washington, Pedway Level, Chicago, IL
• Elections Operations Center: 1330 S. 54th Ave., Cicero, IL
• Old Orchard Country ClubL 700 W. Rand Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL
• Orland Park Civic Center: 14750 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, IL

Tuesday, December 13 – Friday, December 16: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, December 19: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Cook County Clerk’s Office: 69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL
• Elections Operations Center: 1330 S. 54th Ave., Cicero, IL

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