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Title Education, State Board of 
Contact Name Tony Smith 
Contact Title State Superintendent of Education, Illinois State Board of Education 
Contact Phone 217.782.2223 
Contact Email  
Function The board sets educational policies and guidelines for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12, as well as vocational education. It analyzes the aims, needs and requirements of education and recommends legislation to the General Assembly and Governor for the benefit of the more than 2 million school children in Illinois.  
Term 4 years, from 2nd Wednesday of January of odd-numbered years, until successor is appointed and qualified. No member may be appointed to more than 2 4-year terms. 
Senate Confirmation Yes 
Party Affiliation No more than 5 members from one political party - no more than 2 at large members. 
Compensation Expenses, plus $50 per day of the meeting 
Qualifications Board shall determine qualifications of and appoint a chief education officer to be known as State Superintendent of Education, who serves at pleasure of board except that no contract issued shall be for a term longer than 3 years. 
Composition 9 members, appointed by Governor
- 2 appointees from among counties of the state other than Cook County, and the 5 counties contiguous toCook County.
- 2 appointees selected from Cook County, one of whom shall be a resident of Chicago, and one of whom shall be a resident of that part of Cook County which lies outside city limits of Chicago
- 2 appointees shall be selected from the 5 counties of the state contiguous to Cook County
- 3 members shall be selected as members-at-large – ONE SHALL BE CHAIR
- at least 1 at-large member must expire 1/07 & 1/09  
Chair Appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation 
Authority 105 ILCS 5/1A-1 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position County
Bradshaw, Curtis  01/11/2017  09/17/2012  Republican  Governor  Member  Will 
Ford, Lula  01/09/2019  02/02/2015  Democrat  Governor  Member  Cook 
Gilford, Steven  01/11/2017  12/18/2009  Democrat  Governor  Member  Cook 
LaBarre, Melinda  01/11/2017  12/18/2009  Republican  Governor  Member  Sangamon 
Lindvahl, Craig  01/09/2019  01/20/2015  Independent  Governor  Member  Effingham 
Meeks, Rev. James  01/09/2019  01/20/2015  Democrat  Governor  Chair  Cook 
Pimentel, Eligio  01/09/2019  02/02/2015  Independent  Governor  Member  Cook 
Sanders, John  01/09/2019  03/02/2015  Republican  Governor  Member  Williamson 
VACANT  01/11/2017    Independent  Governor  Member  Lake 

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