SPRINGFIELD Ill. – State Rep. Ann Williams, D-Chicago, released the following statement Thursday, celebrating the passage of legislation implementing an elected school board for Chicago Public Schools after years of negotiations and advocate input: “We are delivering on a promise years in the making. I believe this bill is fair, equitable and responsible, and importantly, will give a voice and vote to every Chicagoan right out of the gate. Our new map reflects the diversity, input and values of Chicago’s many vibrant communities.”

“Starting this fall, every Chicago voter can elect candidates for school board who reflect their values and priorities for the Chicago Public Schools,” said Williams.

“I was proud to support this historic bill, and appreciate the hard work, commitment and passion of all the countless advocates and community members who worked so hard on this issue over so many years.”

“I look forward to working with all the school board candidates to make the Chicago Public Schools the best they can be for all Chicago’s students.”

Williams’ Senate Bill 15 codifies district boundaries and an election procedure consistent with a compromise phasing in a fully-elected Chicago school board. This plan allows every Chicago voter to elect a Chicago School Board member in 2024. Ten elected representatives will serve alongside appointed members, who must also reside in those specific districts. Beginning in 2026, the districts will be subdivided into 20 districts, and voters will select a fully elected board. A board president will also be elected citywide in 2026.

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