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We welcome residents of the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District (EJMPLD) to complete and submit an election packet to run for a seat on the EJMPLD Board of Trustees.  Four (4) seats on the 7-member EJMPLD Board of Trustees will be open for the April 4, 2023, Consolidated Election. Three seats are for full, 6-year terms and one seat is for an unexpired 2-year term.

In order to provide high-quality library service to the Villages of Hampshire, Pingree Grove, and Burlington and their surrounding areas, the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District requires a working team of a Library Trustees who are informed and make the necessary decisions. It is critical that each person elected or appointed to the Board of Trustees be willing to perform the duties of a Trustee. By statute, trustees receive no payment or other compensation for their work, though trustees can be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.

The Library Board is composed of seven (7) Trustees.


  1. Commit the time that is necessary to carry out the duties of a Trustee. This includes time to become and stay knowledgeable about public library issues, to prepare for and attend Board meetings, and to carry out Board assignments.
  2. Be genuinely interested in public libraries and understand the importance of public libraries in meeting the educational, recreational, and informational needs of the community.
  3. Understand the local community and its social and cultural needs and be willing to communicate those needs to the Board.
  4. Be able to work with others to reach a common goal.
  5. Be open-minded, intellectually curious, and respectful of the opinions of others.
  6. Have the courage to plan creatively and direct the effective implementation of those plans.
  7. Be able to withstand pressures and prejudice that would restrict or prevent equal library service to all.


  • oversee and approve the budget, levy, and other financial responsibilities
  • set library policy
  • employ and evaluate the Executive Director
  • plan for the future
  • monitor the library’s effectiveness
  • be an advocate for the library

If a candidate has questions or requires additional information, please contact the Executive Director, a current Trustee, or attend a Board meeting. Board meetings are typically held the 4th Monday of every month at 7 PM (with some exceptions). See the list of meetings for all meeting dates.

Board of Trustees Meeting Dates FY 2022-2023

What Is Required to Run?

  • Complete the required information in a candidate packet, which can be picked up at the Library during any open hours. A digital candidate packet can also be printed.
  • Circulate the nominating petitions and obtain at least 50 signatures from qualified voters who reside in the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District.  The candidate must sign the completed petitions in the presence of a notary public.
  • File a Statement of Economic Interest with the Kane County Clerk and obtain a receipt of that filing.
  • Submit a complete election packet to the Executive Director or his designated agent at the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District, 109 S. State St. in Hampshire, during administrative business hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays between Monday, December 12, 2022, and Monday, December 19, 2022.

References to Consider

Candidates should consult the 2023 State of Illinois’ Candidate’s Guide for all information regarding becoming a Public Library District Board-Trustee Candidate. The guide can be viewed in its entirety by visiting the ‘Running for Office’ tab on Section of the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

The State Board of Elections also has an introductory video on the process of running for office on their YouTube channel.