Election petitions now available for local office


Individuals interested in serving on local municipal, school and library boards can begin circulating nominating petitions.

Candidates will have just about two months to collect the required number of signatures to get on the April 4, 2023 ballot.

Residents in the villages of Coal City and Carbon Hill will be selecting members to represent their interests.

Coal City residents will be selecting a mayor [village president], clerk and three trustees. All five positions up for election carry a four-year term.

Village Clerk Pam Noffsinger announced last week that petition packets would be ready for distribution during regular business hours—Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.—at the Village Hall.

In Carbon Hill, six trustee positions are up for election in the spring. Three are for four-year terms while the other three are for unexpired terms for a two-year period.

As the local election official for the village of Carbon Hill, clerk Jennifer Hamerla reports petition packets can be obtained between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday up until the petition filing deadline.

The consolidated election includes three seats on the Coal City Public Library’s Board of Directors. Two are six-year positions and one unexpired two-year term to be voted on.

Petition packets can be obtained at the library during regular business hours.

Four seats are up for election on the Unit 1 Board of Education. All are for a four-year term and are currently held by Ken P. Miller, Robert Bianchetta, Quint Harmon and Chuck Lander.

The distribution of candidate petition packets for school board elections is a function of the county clerk, therefore, anyone interested in running for a position on the school board must visit the clerk’s office located in the Grundy County Courthouse in Morris.

The filing dates for completed petitions is Monday, Dec. 12 to Monday, Dec. 14.