Time for candidates to prepare for spring local elections

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By Community Editor

Oak Parkers interested in seeking a seat on one of the boards of several of the local taxing bodies must file their petitions with the Village Clerk by close of business, Dec. 22 to earn a slot on the April 7, 2015 Consolidated Election ballot.

Three Trustee seats on the Village Board are up for election in 2015, along with seats on the boards of the Park District of Oak Park, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park Township and both Oak Park public school districts – elementary school District 97 and high school District 200.

Nominating petitions for the Village, Park and Library boards may be filed between 8:30 a.m., Dec. 15 and 5 p.m., Dec. 22 in the Office of the Village Clerk, in Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

Individuals who wish to run for the township or school boards should contact those governmental offices directly for information on qualifying to be on the ballot and petition filing procedures.

Requirements vary by board, but all seats require individuals to collect the signatures of a percentage of registered voters on nominating petitions to earn a place on the ballot.

Copies of the 2015 Illinois Candidate's Guide and information about candidate requirements are available from the State Board of Elections at www.elections.il.gov.

Information also is available on the Cook County Clerk's website, www.cookcountyclerk.com, or by calling 312.603.0906.

For more information on local election procedures, call 708.358.5670 or email clerk@oak-park.us.

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