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A Movement By Citizens  Demanding Transparency, Accountability, and Community Engagement for school districts in the State of Illinois.

Building A Better District is a taxpayer-led movement and is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the State or Regional Board of Education, any individual school district, or administration/Board of Education. 

Rules for Referendum Advocacy By District Adminstration & Board of Education Members

Did you know that there are strict laws surrounding referendum advocacy?  District administration, staff, and Board of Education members must take great care when approaching discussions about the upcoming referendum.

During business hours or while serving in their capacity as a district employee or Board of Education member, individuals must take great care to provide neutral information on a referendum, avoiding advocating for or against a referendum, and refraining from encouraging a taxpayer to vote for or against a referendum. 

The Illinois State Statutes that may apply to referendum conduct are:

  • the State Election Code’s interference prohibition (10 ILCS 5/9-25.1)
  • The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (Ethics Act)(5 ILCS 430/), and
  • the Local Governmental Employee Political Rights Act (Political Rights Act)(50 ILCS 135/)

For an overview on referendum advocacy, visit the Illinois Council of School Attorneys to read what district administration and Board of Education members may or may not do or say during a referendum procedure.

Please note: This page is for informational purposes only and should not replace seeking the advice of competent legal counsel.


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