2 years or 4? Kane Board sets term lengths
By Matt Brennan For The Beacon-News July 10, 2012 4:38PM
Updated: August 12, 2012 6:30AM
The Kane County Board will undergo a significant amount of change following the November elections.
With every seat up for re-election, the board needed to figure out how to stagger its terms. So on Tuesday, the board answered this question by drawing lots.
“I think it’s important for anyone who’s running for office to know if they’re running for a two-year term or a four-year term,” said Board member Mike Donahue, R-Geneva.
The even-numbered districts will have a four-year term, followed by another four-year term, and then a two-year term. The odd number districts will have a two year-term, followed by two four-year terms.
Board member Cristina Castro D-Elgin pointed out that after the redistricting subcommittee determined the new lines for county districts in the spring of 2011, they determined that the terms did not need to be decided until after the election.
Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Cullen said that state law dictated that the term lengths needed to be decided by Sept. 1, two months before the November election.