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Title:Education, State Board of
Website:State Board of Education
Contact Name:Dr. Carmen Ayala
Contact Title:State Superintendent of Education, Illinois State Board of Education
Contact Phone:217.782.2223
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.
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.
Compensation:Expenses, plus $50 per day of the meeting
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)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Anderson, James D. 1/13/20271/18/2023IndependentGovernorMemberChampaign
Benson, Christine1/8/20252/25/2019DemocratGovernorMemberLaSalle
Eddy, Roger1/8/20252/25/2021RepublicanGovernorMemberCrawford
Grassellino, Anna1/8/20251/13/2023IndependentGovernorMemberKane
Guzman, Jaime1/11/20232/5/2021DemocratGovernorSecretaryCook
Isoye, Steven1/13/20279/16/2022DemocratGovernorChairCook
Morrison, Susan1/11/20237/21/2017RepublicanGovernorMemberMacoupin
Simpson-Leak, Donna1/13/20272/25/2019DemocratGovernorVice ChairCook
Vieille, Nike1/11/20238/24/2021DemocratGovernorMemberMcHenry