Wilmette Public Library Board of Trustees

Trustee Election Information for Prospective Candidates

Pre-filing Notice

Three seats on the seven-member Wilmette Public Library District Board of Trustees will be open for the Tuesday, April 6, 2021 consolidated election. All of the seats will be for a full four-year term expiring in April 2025.

To be eligible, a candidate must be a registered voter; have resided in the Library District for at least one year of the filing of a nomination petition; not be delinquent in paying real estate taxes to the Library District or delinquent as to other indebtedness to the Library District; not have a conviction for any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony.

Candidate nomination petitions must have at least 50 signatures from registered voters who reside within the Library District. Nomination petitions may not be circulated for signature prior to Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Election packets containing petition forms and instructions are available below and in coordination with the Administration Office of the Wilmette Public Library District, 1242 Wilmette Avenue.

Completed nomination petitions signed by voters and circulators may be filed on weekdays from Monday, December 14, 2020, through Monday, December 21, 2020, as outlined below. In-person filing is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. File completed nomination petitions, a Statement of Candidacy, a receipt from the County Clerk indicating that a Statement of Economic Interests has been filed with the County Clerk, and a Loyalty Oath (optional).

For further information, please call Marti Bellefontaine at 847-256-6912.

Important Dates

September 22, 2020

First day to circulate nominating petitions 

December 14 – 21, 2020

Filing Period. Please see “Filing Dates and Times,” below

January 28, 2021

Last day for certification of candidates (certified to the County Clerk) – certification is made by the Secretary of the Library Board serving as the “Local Election Official”

April 6, 2021

Consolidated Election

Reference Materials

The Library Board of Trustees typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The new term begins May 18, 2021. Prospective candidates are encouraged to attend at least one regular meeting prior to filing for candidacy. A virtual attendance option is currently available.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to review the State Board of Elections (SBE) 2021 Candidate's Guide for detailed information regarding the nomination process and procedures. Information is also available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

2021 Candidate's Guide

Provides information for candidates seeking office at the local level in 2021. Includes filing basics and deadlines, and specific requirements for individual offices. Also includes info about nomination procedures and the objection process, as well as a section that provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about nominating petitions and procedures.

Candidate's Guide (pdf)

Notary Services

Calling ahead to confirm services and hours is recommended. Some providers may require an appointment or charge a fee.

  • The Village, Township, or your personal banking institution may offer notary services. Contact them directly to confirm.
  • Mobile Notary - If you are in need of a notary who can come to you, please consult Illinois Notary Search
  • Online - Notarize is a remote, electronic notary service valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Notarize PDFs through their website, or paper copies through the app. The app is free; there is a fee for each notarization.

Nomination Papers

Print nominating papers using the PDFs below, or pick up a packet at the library through Parking Lot Pickup. Simply call the Library to request a packet, and staff will bring it to your vehicle.​

Please be sure to have your papers notarized, number your petition pages, and securely fasten everything together.

      • Nonpartisan Petitions (SBE Form P-4) Candidate must collect 50 qualified signatures.


      • Statement of Candidacy (Nonpartisan) (SBE Form P-1A)  The Statement of Candidacy form must include, among other requirements, the candidate’s name, the candidate’s legal address and the office sought. The form of the candidate’s name may include his or her given name, initials, or nickname.

      • Loyalty Oath (optional) (SBE Form P-1C) 


      • Receipt from filing of Statement of Economic Interests Required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act, this form must be filed with the County Clerk and a receipt issued. The receipt must be filed with the petition papers and is the only form that may be added to your petition papers once they have been filed. It must be filed with the Library District office or Municipal Clerk’s office by close of business on December 21, 2020. A candidate who filed a Statement of Economic Interests for the same unit of government within the calendar year does not need to re-file.


Filing Dates and Times

Nominating papers may be filed by mail or in person, either by the candidate or a representative of the candidate. Nomination papers may not be amended once filed. The filing period is December 14–21, 2020.

In person Completed nominating papers may be returned to Wilmette Public Library District, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM on the following days only:

  • Monday, December 14, 2020*
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020
  • Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Monday, December 21, 2020*

Call the Library when you arrive. A library representative will meet you at the Main Entrance vestibule to review your paperwork and issue a receipt. You will likely need to spend a few minutes in the vestibule as we confirm the details of your paperwork. A face covering is required.

*If there are simultaneous filings at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 14, 2020, or from 4:00–5:00 PM on Monday, December 21, 2020, a lottery will be held in the Library on Monday, December 28, at 10:00 AM.

By mail Candidates may file by mail. However, all petitions must be received during the filing period. Petitions received in the mail prior to 10 AM on the first day of the filing period or after 5 PM on the last day of the filing period will be returned to the sender.

To file by mail, send completed packets to: Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette IL, 60091.

Lottery for Simultaneous Filings

If needed, the lottery for positions on the ballot for Simultaneous Filings for the positions of Wilmette Public Library District Board Trustee in the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Library vestibule, 1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.


A candidate’s nomination papers are subject to challenge by qualified objectors. Appointments for reviewing nomination papers and/or filing objections can be made by contacting the Library Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 847-256-6924. The last day to file an objection is December 30, 2020.


Name Term Expires

Lisa G. McDonald - President
E-mail Trustee McDonald


Stuart Wolf - Vice President
E-mail Trustee Wolf


Ronald Rodgers - Treasurer
E-mail Trustee Rodgers


Jan Barshis - Secretary
E-mail Trustee Barshis


Joan Fishman - Trustee
E-mail Trustee Fishman


Dan Johnson - Trustee
E-mail Trustee Johnson


Fina Riddle - Trustee
E-mail Trustee Riddle



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