What is the Skokie Village Board’s role in implementing the referendum?

The Village Board is committed to a professional and transparent process for implementing the electoral referendums approved by voters and they delegated the responsibility of overseeing the project to the Village Manager. In June 2023, the Board approved a contract with Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins (KTJ) to assist the Village in implementing the three referendums in compliance with election laws. Following the public process to develop a proposed electoral district map and implementation plan, the Village Board will review the recommended proposal and will be responsible for approving a final map and implementation plan. This approval will include Village ordinances and ultimately codifies the changes in the Village code. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments to the Village Board on this issue, as they do with all issues that come before the Board.

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1. What is the Skokie Village Board’s role in implementing the referendum?
2. Will information on electoral referendums implementation be available in multiple languages?
3. How will the terms be staggered?
4. Which elected official (i.e. Mayor, Clerk, at-large Trustees or district Trustees) will serve the two-year terms?
5. Do district trustees have to be residents of their respective districts?
6. Were the addresses of the current trustees considered during the mapping process?
7. Are you meeting with the current Village Board, the Skokie Caucus Party, or any other community group regarding the implementation of these referendums?
8. Will the boundaries of my district be the same as my current precinct?
9. Was income considered when developing the proposed districts?
10. Will Village services change as a result of creating four districts?
11. Will the Village budget increase because of the new election format and the need for additional elections?
12. Why are there four districts versus five that are recommended in State election law for municipalities Skokie’s size?
13. Who is a part of the Referendum Implementation Team?
14. How was community input considered and incorporated into the district mapping process?
15. In the proposed map, why does District 4’s proposed northern boundary extend to Greenleaf Street between Gross Point Road and Terminal Avenue?
16. Why did proposed District 2 boundaries remain the same in all of the draft maps presented?
17. Did the Village’s Referendums Implementation Team consider using Niles Center Road as an eastern boundary of District 1?
18. Why are some school districts divided into more than one electoral district?