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Full Text of HB3135  99th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2015 and 2016


Introduced , by Rep. Grant Wehrli


110 ILCS 805/3-7  from Ch. 122, par. 103-7

    Amends the Public Community College Act. Provides that members of the board of trustees of a community college district elected in 2017 shall be elected to serve a 2-year term and members elected in 2019 and thereafter shall be elected to serve 4-year terms (rather than members being elected to serve 6-year terms). Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Public Community College Act is amended by
5changing Section 3-7 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 805/3-7)  (from Ch. 122, par. 103-7)
7    Sec. 3-7. (a) The election of the members of the board of
8trustees shall be nonpartisan and shall be held at the time and
9in the manner provided in the general election law.
10    (b) Unless otherwise provided in this Act, members shall be
11elected to serve 6 year terms. However, members elected in 2017
12shall be elected to serve a 2-year term and members elected in
132019 and thereafter shall be elected to serve 4-year terms. The
14term of members elected in 1985 and thereafter shall be from
15the date the member is officially determined to be elected to
16the board by a canvass conducted pursuant to the Election Code,
17to the date that the winner of the seat is officially
18determined by the canvass conducted pursuant to the Election
19Code the next time the seat on the board is to be filled by
21    (c) Each member must on the date of his election be a
22citizen of the United States, of the age of 18 years or over,
23and a resident of the State and the territory which on the date



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1of the election is included in the community college district
2for at least one year immediately preceding his election. In
3Community College District No. 526, each member elected at the
4consolidated election in 2005 or thereafter must also be a
5resident of the trustee district he or she represents for at
6least one year immediately preceding his or her election,
7except that in the first consolidated election for each trustee
8district following reapportionment, a candidate for the board
9may be elected from any trustee district that contains a part
10of the trustee district in which he or she resided at the time
11of the reapportionment and may be reelected if a resident of
12the new trustee district he or she represents for one year
13prior to reelection. In the event a person who is a member of a
14common school board is elected or appointed to a board of
15trustees of a community college district, that person shall be
16permitted to serve the remainder of his or her term of office
17as a member of the common school board. Upon the expiration of
18the common school board term, that person shall not be eligible
19for election or appointment to a common school board during the
20term of office with the community college district board of
22    (d) Whenever a vacancy occurs, the remaining members shall
23fill the vacancy, and the person so appointed shall serve until
24a successor is elected at the next regular election for board
25members and is certified in accordance with Sections 22-17 and
2622-18 of the Election Code. If the remaining members fail so to



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1act within 60 days after the vacancy occurs, the chairman of
2the State Board shall fill that vacancy, and the person so
3appointed shall serve until a successor is elected at the next
4regular election for board members and is certified in
5accordance with Sections 22-17 and 22-18 of the Election Code.
6The person appointed to fill the vacancy shall have the same
7residential qualifications as his predecessor in office was
8required to have. In either instance, if the vacancy occurs
9with less than 4 months remaining before the next scheduled
10consolidated election, and the term of office of the board
11member vacating the position is not scheduled to expire at that
12election, then the term of the person so appointed shall extend
13through that election and until the succeeding consolidated
14election. If the term of office of the board member vacating
15the position is scheduled to expire at the upcoming
16consolidated election, the appointed member shall serve only
17until a successor is elected and qualified at that election.
18    (e) Members of the board shall serve without compensation
19but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred
20in connection with their service as members. Compensation, for
21purposes of this Section, means any salary or other benefits
22not expressly authorized by this Act to be provided or paid to,
23for or on behalf of members of the board. The board of each
24community college district may adopt a policy providing for the
25issuance of bank credit cards, for use by any board member who
26requests the same in writing and agrees to use the card only



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1for the reasonable expenses which he or she incurs in
2connection with his or her service as a board member. Expenses
3charged to such credit cards shall be accounted for separately
4and shall be submitted to the chief financial officer of the
5district for review prior to being reported to the board at its
6next regular meeting.
7    (f) Except in an election of the initial board for a new
8community college district created pursuant to Section 6-6.1,
9the ballot for the election of members of the board for a
10community college district shall indicate the length of term
11for each office to be filled. In the election of a board for
12any community college district, the ballot shall not contain
13any political party designation.
14(Source: P.A. 97-539, eff. 8-23-11.)
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.