At the next regular election for trustees as provided by the general election
law, a district that has approved by ordinance or referendum to have its
trustees elected rather than appointed shall elect 3, 5, or 7 trustees, as
previously determined by the organization of the district or as increased under
Section 4.01, 4.02, or 4.03. The initial elected trustees shall be elected for 2, 4,
and 6 year terms. In a district with 3 trustees, one trustee shall be elected
for a term of 2 years, one for a term of 4 years, and one for a term of 6
years. In a district with 5 trustees, 2 shall be elected for terms of 2
years, 2 for terms of 4 years, and one for a term of 6 years. In a district
with 7 trustees, 3 shall be elected for terms of 2 years, 2 for terms of 4
years, and 2 for terms of 6 years. Except as otherwise provided in Section
2A-54 of the Election Code, the term of each elected trustee shall
commence on the third Monday of the month following the month of his election
and until his successor is elected and qualified. The length of the terms of
the trustees first elected shall be determined by lot at their first meeting.
Except as otherwise provided in Section 2A-54 of the Election Code,
thereafter, each trustee shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years
commencing on the third Monday of the month following the month of his election
and until his successor is elected and qualified.
No party designation shall appear on the ballot for election of trustees.
The provisions of the general election law shall apply to and govern
the nomination and election of trustees.
Nominations for members of the board of trustees shall be made by a petition signed by at least 25 voters or 5% of the voters, whichever is less, residing within the district and shall be filed with the secretary of the board. In addition to the requirements of general election law, the form of the petition shall be as follows:
To the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of (name of fire protection district):
We, the undersigned, being (number of signatories or 5% or more) of the voters residing within the district, hereby petition that (name of candidate) who resides at (address of candidate) in this district shall be a candidate for the office of (office) of the Board of Trustees (full-term or vacancy) to be voted for at the election to be held (date of election).
The secretary of the board shall notify each candidate for whom a petition for nomination has been filed of their obligations under the Campaign Financing Act, as required by the general election law. The notice shall be given on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections and in accordance with the requirements of the general election law.
The secretary shall, within 7 days of filing or on the
last day for filing, whichever is earlier, acknowledge to the petitioner
in writing his acceptance of the petition.
The provisions of Section 4 relating to eligibility, powers and disabilities
of trustees shall apply equally to elected trustees.
Whenever a fire protection district determines to elect trustees as provided
in this Section, the trustees appointed pursuant to Section 4 shall continue
to constitute the board of trustees until the third Monday of the month
following the month of the first election of trustees.
If the term of office of any appointed trustees expires before the first
election of trustees, the authority which appointed that trustee under Section
4 of this Act shall appoint a successor to serve until a successor is
elected and has qualified. The terms of all appointed trustees in such
district shall expire on the third Monday of the month following the
month of the first election of trustees under this Section or when
successors have been elected and have qualified, whichever occurs later.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07; 96-172, eff. 8-10-09.)