Get your candidate packet for Vernon Hills Library trustee

Submitted by Catherine Savage
Posted10/19/2018 8:34 AM

The election may not be until April, but for those who wish to run for the Vernon Area Public Library Board of Trustees, the process starts now.

Prospective candidates for Vernon Area Public Library Trustee in the April 2019 Consolidated Election may pick up a candidate packet at the library checkout desk during normal library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The packet includes a statement of candidacy, petition for nomination sheets, and a statement of economic interests form.

To qualify to run, a prospective candidate must reside within the Vernon Area Public Library District and be registered to vote. A state law passed in August 2018 increases the residency requirement to one year from 30 days and disqualifies candidates who owe the library money or have been convicted of a felony.

Finally, the prospective candidate must also secure the signatures of at least 50 qualified voters who reside within the Vernon Area Public Library District on a petition for nomination.

Helpful information about completing and filing nomination papers may be found on the Lake County Clerk's website at

Completed petition packets may be filed at the library no earlier than 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, and no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 17. Candidates' names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received at the library. A lottery may be used to determine order in some circumstances; see the State Board of Elections Candidates' Guide for details.

Three of the board's seven seats will be up for election in April. All three are for a six-year term. All terms will commence on Monday, May 20.

It should be noted that all candidates for library trustee file for office on a nonpartisan basis. The ballot listing is printed without any party designation or "Independent" at its head.

The Vernon Area Public Library District Board of Trustees provides a liaison between the general public and the library. The board has the legal authority and responsibility to see that the library is well managed, and that it operates in accordance the laws of the state of Illinois and the policies established by the board itself.

Duties and responsibilities include budget oversight, policy formulation, long- and short-range planning, and appointment of the library director. The Board of Trustees regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire.

For more information about the library and its services, visit

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