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Running for Office in Illinois & Northwest Indiana

In order to end the injustice of educational inequity, we need to have better decision-makers at all levels of government that prioritize the needs of all children.

Serving as an elected leader means that you can represent issues and communities that have been traditionally marginalized, and contribute your unique experiences to the legislative process. You can change the face of elected offices in Illinois & Northwest Indiana and the trajectory of students across the city.

As a LEE member, you will be supported at every stage of the process if you choose to run for office. Among many other leadership positions in this region, LEE members have held seats on school boards, on community councils, and in state-level positions.


Your Illinois–Northwest Indiana LEE Coach

Get started on your own elected leadership journey today by setting up time to talk with LEE Director Erica Henry.

Erica supports members who are exploring political opportunities across Illinois & Northwest Indiana. If you’re considering a future in elected leadership, Erica would love to connect. You can discuss the changes you’d like to see in your community and learn more about the opportunities available to you. Our students deserve more equity leaders on the ballot. 

Find Offices Up For Election in Your Community

LEE’s Pinpoint platform can allow you to search what offices are up for election in the upcoming cycle. From your State Legislature seat to your Local School Council, we’ve got the info you need to move forward. It’s a great place to start to explore what offices are up for election this year and the deadlines associated with each one.

Chicago Residents: Interested in your Local School Council?

Login to LEE’s learning platform to quickly learn about the roles and responsibilities of Chicago’s Local School Councils (LSCs) and how you can serve on your LSC as a resident of the City of Chicago. Find the information you need to file for office quickly!

Your Toolkit for Running

From first conversations, throughout your campaigns, through critical work as an elected official, LEE has the support systems you need to run for office and maximize your impact in your community. Login to your LEE member account to check out the Elected Leadership toolkit to discover more.