CHICAGO – Lawmakers working to create districts for Chicago’s new elected, representative school board will hold a series of public hearings offering residents the opportunity to share their thoughts on how the districts should be configured.

In 2021, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation creating an elected, representative school board to oversee the Chicago Public Schools. In 2024, Chicago voters will elect ten board members, who will serve alongside 11 mayoral appointees. In 2026, the 11 appointed members will be replaced by elected board members, creating an entirely elected board. Once fully implemented, 20 board members will represent districts across the city, with one member being elected citywide.

Chicago residents are welcome to share their thoughts on how these new board districts should be configured at any of the following virtual or in-person hearings:

Monday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Fully virtual hearing

Saturday, April 29 at noon
Kenwood Academy High School – Auditorium
5015 S Blackstone Ave., Chicago
In-person only

Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m.
Lane Tech College Prep High School – Auditorium
2501 W Addison St., Chicago
In-person only

Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m.
Fully virtual hearing

Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m.
Curie High School – Auditorium
4959 S Archer Ave., Chicago
In-person only

Individuals or groups interested in testifying should contact Please include the date of the hearing you wish to attend, and a brief description of the testimony you wish to share. Witnesses will then be emailed a link.

Written testimony can also be shared with legislators at any time by emailing
Those interested in viewing virtual hearings can stream at

Speaker Emanuel “Chris” WelchRep. Emanuel Chris Welch

7th District

Springfield Office:
300 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5350

District Office:
10055 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Suite E
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 450-1000
(708) 450-1104 FAX