University of Illinois Student Election Commission Opens Applications

By Connor Ciecko

The University of Illinois Campus Student Election Commission announced Tuesday the timeline for the Spring student government elections.

The student government at the University of Illinois is the “officially recognized system of student governance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign” and it serves as an intermediary between the students and the University leadership, according to the ISG website.

The positions up for election this semester are student trustee, President and Vice President, Senators, Representatives, and Student Resource Fee Board members.  Students will also have the chance to vote on any referenda that are submitted before March third and approved by the Student Government.

In the past, some of these referenda have include adopting the belted kingfisher as a mascot, the continued charge of the student media fee benefitting The Daily Illini, Illio, and WPGU, as well as a call for the University to divest from companies that have ties to Israel in 2018.

While these resolutions are typically non-binding, they reflect the student voice and aid the administration in making decisions on campus operations.  Certain fees, such as the Student Organization Fee, are known as “student-initiated fees,” which means that they rely on a majority vote every four years from the student body to continue.

Potential candidates have until 8pm on March third to submit applications for student government positions.  Students who wish to apply to campaign must be an undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and be physically on campus for their term in office, which would be the fall and spring semesters of the 2021-22 school year.

The CESC is running two more informational sessions for students interested in applying on February 11 and 15 at 7pm.

Student elections will be Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24, with the results planned to be announced on April 6.