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Four candidates for the District 65 School Board and three for the District 202 School Board filed their petitions by 4 p.m. on Dec. 14, the first day of filing, according to information from the Cook County Clerk.

Incumbents Joseph Hailpern, Soo La Kim, and Elisabeth Lindsay-Ryan and newcomer Marquise Weatherspoon filed petitions in the District 65 election, where four seats are open. At District 202, where four seats are open, incumbents Gretchen Livingston, Pat Maunsell, and Pat Savage-Williams each filed for re-election.

The last day to file petitions and other required election material is Dec. 21.

The County Clerk or County board of election commissioners shall notify candidates of acceptance of their nominating petitions within seven days of filing, or the last day of filing.

Other Dates for School Board candidates in the April 6 Consolidated Election

Dec. 29, last day to file objections to nominating petitions. The objection period consists of five business days. The county officer’s electoral board hears objections to the nominations of candidates for school district offices. If the office of the local election official is closed for days that would normally be business days prior to Dec. 25, the deadline for 2020 must be extended.

Dec. 30, last day for ballot-placement lottery.

Jan. 28, Last day candidate may file Withdrawal of Candidacy in the office of the local election official, election authority, or the State Board of Elections.

Feb. 4, last day to file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate with the appropriate election authority or authorities.

April 6, Consolidated Election. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...