FREEPORT (WIFR) -- On April 9, 2013, Highland Community College District residents will elect two people to serve six-year terms on the seven-member HCC Board of Trustees. Potential candidates must follow several steps in order to be placed on the ballot. The first step is circulating and filing nominating petitions with the secretary to the board of trustees during the filing period. These petitions are available at Highland Community College in the office of the secretary to the board of trustees, located in room H-231 on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center at 2998 West Pearl City Road, Freeport. The petitions may be picked up Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In order to be eligible to serve, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and the Highland Community College District for at least one year immediately preceding the election. A Statement of Candidacy and certification that a Statement of Economic Interest has been filed with the Stephenson County Clerk’s Office must accompany nominating petitions. With the recent passage of Public Act 97-1134, the filing period will be December 17 – 21 and December 26, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
On the first day of filing, December 17, 2012, all petitions filed by people waiting in line at 8:00 a.m. or petitions received in the first mail delivery are considered filed simultaneously. In order to determine placement on the ballot for petitions filed simultaneously, a lottery will be held on January 2, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in the Robert J. Rimington Board Room (room H-228) in the Student/Conference Center on the Highland Community College campus. Although the College will be closed December 24, 2012 through January 1, 2013 for the holiday break, the Board office, located in room H-231 in the Student/Conference Center, will remain open on December 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Due to the campus being closed through January 1, the objection period for petitions will be January 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8, 2013.