Board of Trustees Election

Oakton Community College
Trustee Candidates Qualifications and Information

On April 6, 2021, two individuals will be elected to the office of Trustee of Community College District No. 535. These positions are six-year terms.

The Illinois Public Community College Act provides that each candidate must on the date of his/her election be a citizen of the United States, of the age of 18 years or over, a resident of Illinois, and have lived in your community college district for at least one year immediately preceding his/her election.

As required by the Illinois Public Community College Act, members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred in connection with their service as members of the Board.

Pertinent dates for this election are:

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020
First day to circulate nominating petitions

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
First day to file nomination papers

Monday, Dec. 21, 2020
Last day to file nomination papers

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Election Day

Illinois election law states that nomination papers are to be filed with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, or a designated representative of the Secretary. The Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 535 has designated the Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Oakton Community College, to represent the Board Secretary in the performance of the Board Secretary's duties with respect to the receipt and filing of nomination papers. The office for filing nomination papers is located at Oakton Community College, Office of the President, Room No. 1500, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-1268. During the period designated by law for filing nomination papers, the office will be open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the process for filing petitions may be changed. Please refer to periodically in the event of updated instructions.

The following forms are required to be filed by candidates for Trustee of Community College District No. 535:

  • Nominating Petition (Download PDF)
    Nominations for members of the Board of Trustees shall be made by a petition signed by at least 50 qualified voters residing within the district.
  • Statement of Candidacy (Download PDF)
    This form must be filed with the Nominating Petitions.
  • Statement of Economic Interests (Download PDF)
    This form must be filed with the Cook County Clerk. Nomination papers are not valid unless a receipt from the Cook County Clerk's office is filed with the Secretary's representative no later than December 21, 2020, the last day to file nomination papers. Note also that the Statement of Economic Interests must be filed with the County Clerk in calendar year 2020; a prior year’s filing will invalidate the nomination papers.

The Loyalty Oath, an optional form that may be filed with the Nominating Petitions.

Questions may be referred to the Secretary to the Board of Trustees for Oakton Community College, at the address given above, by telephone (847.635.1801), or email

This information is provided as a public service. It is the responsibility of the candidate to comply with all applicable laws and requirements.