Election of Trustees

The board of trustees is comprised of seven trustees elected at-large from Community College District 509 (which includes all who reside within public school districts 300, 301, 303, and U-46). An eighth trustee is a student elected by the student body, who has an advisory vote. Trustees serve six-year terms on a rotating basis. Student trustees are elected annually and seated in April.

Mid-Term Vacancies

In the event of a trustee vacancy occurring between elections, remaining trustees appoint a replacement. (Specific laws apply in the replacement of the appointed trustee when the next consolidated election is held.) Student government appoints a replacement for any vacancy of the student trustee.

Board Responsibilities


The board of trustees serves as a deliberative, legislative, and planning body which governs the college in accordance with Illinois law and the U.S. Constitution.

  • Determine the policies which guide ECC
  • Monitor its fiscal affairs
  • Oversee the administration of the institution by the president

Candidates for ECC Board of Trustees

Two six-year terms for the Office of Trustee at Elgin Community College District 509 will be elected at the Consolidated Election held Apr. 6, 2020.

Candidates must be a U.S. citizen; be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election; be a resident of Illinois and the district for at least one year immediately preceding the election and not be a member of a common school board.

The period for filing nominating papers is Dec. 14 through Dec. 21, 2020. The election official’s office located at the Elgin Community College campus, 1700 Spartan Drive in Building B, Room B235 will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2020, and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21, 2020, to accept nominating papers. During the filing period, nomination papers will be accepted by appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lotteries (if needed) for simultaneous filings at 8 a.m., on the first day of filing (Dec. 14), or for those who file between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the last day (Dec. 21) will be held Dec. 22, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., in the same office where nominating papers are filed. Candidates need not be present at the lottery.

The office will be open for public viewing of the nominating papers Dec. 14-23, 2020, and Jan. 3, Jan. 4, and Jan. 5, 2021, from 8 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. by appointment.

Objections to nominating papers will be received in the same office where nominating papers are filed. The office will be open for receiving objections Dec. 22 and 23, 2020, and Jan. 3, Jan. 4, and Jan. 5, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by appointment. The college is closed Dec. 24, 2020, through Jan. 2, 2021. Consequently, during that time, any objections can be sent by certified mail with receipt, along with your name, address, and telephone number. The objection must be postmarked by Jan. 5, 2021 and addressed to:

  • Elgin Community College Election Official
    Building B 235.04
    1700 Spartan Drive
    Elgin, IL  60123

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone planning to visit the campus must comply with the College’s safety procedures posted at elgin.edu/about-ecc/campus-central.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Diane Kerruish at 847-214-7374 or dkerruish@elgin.edu.

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

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