Thinking about running for a local office in April? It’s not too late, said Andrea Alvarez from the non-partisan Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst.

Alvarez will present a workshop Nov. 13 at the Forest Park Public Library explaining the ins and outs of running for office.

“The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in getting on the ballot and running,” Alvarez said.

Different government agencies from school boards to village boards and councils have different best practices, Alvarez said. She serves as community lawyer for CAC.

To make it more complicated, the Illinois State Board of Elections made specific changes this year. For example, nominating petitions for Cook County school board races were previously handed in at the local school district but now must be filed at the Cook County Clerk’s office. 

Non-partisan elections held in April 2015 will include school boards, municipal boards or commissions and for other positions such as library trustees, forest preserve commissioners and some township offices and community college trustees.

The window to file petitions for local municipal elections is Dec. 15-22. Petition objections can be filed up until Dec. 30. 

Alvarez said she will cover best practices for avoiding petition challenges, as well as “if there is a challenge to overcome that challenge,” she said.

In different ballot cycles, the way petition challenges are handled is sometimes inconsistent, Alvarez said.

“We’re trying to make sure candidates know what to do and what not to do,” she said. 

Alvarez said she’ll cover both the commissioner and trustee forms of municipal government, as well as school board. 

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Forest Park Public Library and Vox 60130.

If you go

  • ABC’s of Becoming a Candidate: Forest Park Public Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd., Forest Park
  • DATE: Thursday, Nov. 13 
  • TIME: 7 p.m.. 

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Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...