Rock Valley College

2021 Trustee Candidate Elections

The Consolidated Election for members of the Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 511 (Rock Valley College) is required to be held April 6, 2021. At this election, two board members shall be elected for a term of six years each. Said election shall be conducted by the County Clerks of the Counties within this District and the Board of Election Commissioners of the City of Rockford in the manner provided in the “Illinois Election Code” for conducting such elections.

Nominating petition forms for the April 6th election in Community College District No. 511 for Rock Valley College are now available. Forms may be downloaded or picked up in the Financial Services office at 3301 N. Mulford, Support Services Building, on any business day between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office no earlier than 8:30 a.m., Monday December 14th, and no later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, December 21st, 2020.  Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the office of the Vice President of Financial Services. 

Two (2) seats on the seven-member community college board will be filled at the April 6th election for the full six-year term. 

To be eligible to serve, a candidate must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of the State of Illinois and the community college district for at least one year immediately preceding the election, and a registered voter. 

Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates are not required to indicate a political party affiliation.  Candidate should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in the Community College Act and any other applicable statues. 

Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail or by an agent.  They consist of the following:

  • Nominating petitions signed be at least fifty (50) voters residing within the district.  Petitions must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator.
  • Statement of Candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethic Act.
  • A receipt from the county clerk showing the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests as noted above.  The receipt does not need to accompany the nominating petitions when filed, but must be filed before 4:30 p.m. on December 21st, 2020.

In the event a lottery must take place to determine the order of the names on the ballot, it will be held on December 23rd at 9:00 a.m. in the Support Services building, Conference Room 1300.

A mask must be worn at all times while on the RVC campus. 

Further information on becoming a candidate in the April 6th board election may be obtained by contacting Rock Valley College at 921-4441, or the Illinois State Board of elections at