HB3145 Could Impact Elections for Rock Valley College Board of Trustees
27 May 2021
Our region is committed to economic success, our future workforce and business growth. Therefore, local communities have a vested interest in our education system.
Recently, HB3145 was introduced and passed in the Illinois House of Representatives, by a vote of 99-17. This House Bill is meant to amend the Public Community College Act, by changing the current means of electing College Trustees. This would allow for the creation of sub-districts for the election of college board of trustees, instead of an election at-large.
House Sponsors: Rep. Maurice A. West II, Mark Batnick, Jonathan Carroll and Chris Bos
HB3145 subsequently moved to the State Senate, where, as of May 21, 2021, it was Re-referred to Assignments.
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Steve Stadelman
Overall Synopsis of the Bill Introduced
According to the Illinois General Assembly's Website
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Public Community College Act. Provides for the election of board of trustee members by trustee district rather than at large in community college districts in this State. Makes related changes. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1
Provides for the election of board of trustee members by trustee district rather than at large in community college districts with a population of 300,000 or more inhabitants, other than specified community college districts, and in those community college districts with a population under 300,000 inhabitants whose board approves the election of board members by trustee district by a three-fifths majority vote (rather than in all community college districts, other than specified community college districts).
Potential Rock Valley College Impacts
At this time, Rock Valley College appears to be the only district in the State of Illinois that meets the criteria of this amendment, as the revision excludes “Community College District No. 522, Community College District No. 526, or a community college district subject to Article VII, and in any other community college district with a population under 300,000 inhabitants within the district whose board has approved the election of board members by trustee district under Section 3-7d…”
On May 25, 2021, the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees adopted "Resolution Declaring Opposition to House Bill 3245."
Who to Contact
Contact your local State Representatives and Senators to ask questions and/or comment on this piece of legislation.
Illinois House of Representatives
Representative Jeff Keicher
Representative Joe Sosnowski
Representative Dave Vella
Senator Brian Stewart
Senator Dave Syverson
Senator Craig Wilcox