On April 22, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 669, which changes the time at which many school board elections will take place. Currently, school board elections take place in odd-numbered years. If enacted into law, SB 669 will change the time of many school board elections to even-numbered years, effective Jan 1, 2018.

If SB 669 is enacted into law, elections for the District 65 and 202 School Boards will take place in even numbered years at the same time as the election of candidates to federal, state, and county offices. School Board candidates will thus be campaigning at the same time as many candidates for federal, state, and county offices.

In addition, under the bill, the term of office of any member of the District 65 and 202 School Boards who is serving on Jan. 1, 2016 would be extended until a successor is elected and has qualified.

SB 669 has moved to the House and is currently pending before the Rules Committee.