New bill would alter some state college trustee elections
After failing to get traction on a proposal to make the Chicago Public Schools Board elected rather than appointed, Rep. Robert Martwick introduced a similar bill affecting the Chicago Community College Board.
House Bill 0827, pertaining to community colleges, was assigned to the House Executive Committee on Feb. 5.
The bill would affect the City Colleges of Chicago and the Illinois Community College District No. 508 during the trustee elections in 2020 and beyond. As the Illinois General Assembly website confirms, the new rule would specify the City of Chicago’s division into 20 districts for the election of trustees. Going forward, the General Assembly would be required to revisit those districts after each new U.S. Census is completed.
The law would also change the nominating and balloting process for trustees and create one at-large trustee. Once the bill becomes law, its changes would begin immediately.
The following statutes are affected: 10 ILCS 5/2A-1.2, 10 ILCS 5/2A-52, 110 ILCS 805/7-1 110, ILCS 805/7-2 and 110 ILCS 805/7-3. Three new statutes would be created: 110 ILCS 805/7-2.1, 110 ILCS 805/7-2.2 and 110 ILCS 805/7-2.3.