Section 5: Taking the Plunge–Becoming an Elected or Appointed Official

Want to be part of the decision-making process? Consider running for Trustee or seeking a Commission appointment.

Trustee Elections

Consolidated Elections (local elections) are held on the first Tuesday in April in the odd years (2019, 2021, 2023, etc.). Some of the seven Trustee seats are up at every election, giving qualified candidates the opportunity to run.

There are three ways to run as a Village Trustee in Glenview.

  1. Work within the framework of a nonpartisan political party. Approximately six months prior to an election, an established group of self-selected residents creates a nonpartisan political party to seek out, interview, and choose candidates to run on their slate, which endorses the exact number of candidates as seats open for that election. Occasionally, a second group of residents creates another nonpartisan party and slates alternative candidates. There is no limit to how many parties can slate candidates.   Each party must follow a process outlined in the Candidate’s Guide published by Illinois State Board of Elections.  This process includes getting a predetermined number of registered voters to sign a petition to be listed on the ballot.
  2. Run as an independent candidate.  Anyone can run provided they are qualified and follow the process outlined in the Candidate’s Guide published by Illinois State Board of Elections including getting signed petitions.
  3. Run as a write-in candidate.

Commission Appointments

Commissioners are appointed by the Village President, with the advice and consent of the Board, and filled when there is an opening.  From time to time, Commissioners step down or complete a term and decline to be reappointed, and slots need to be filled. Your best bet is to fill out and submit an application online. The Village will keep your application on file and you will be considered when a seat opens up. It can also be helpful to reach out to current commission members, or even Trustees, and express an interest.

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Section 6: Watching the Dollars–Glenview Finances