Candidates for Evanston's two school boards will have to head out of town to file their nominating petitions for next April's election.
In a change from traditional practice — in which candidates filed at local school board offices — a new state law requires filing at county clerk's offices.
Cook County Clerk David Orr says candidates can file at the downtown Chicago office at 69 W. Washington, or at three other sites that are further away from Evanston.
The first day for filing petitions is Dec. 15. That's when most candidates have filed their petitions in the past, in hopes of getting a top position on the ballot.
The filing period runs through Dec. 22. About 700 candidates from 145 suburban Cook County elementary, high school and unit school districts are expected to file paperwork to get on the ballot.
Orr says the new state law was adopted in response to concerns from local school officials who didn't want to have to keep offices open just to accept the candidate filings during what would normally be a vacation period.
Information about how to file to be a school board candidate is available online.