Candidate Academy

Candidate Academy is Completely Non-Partisan

Candidate Academies are usually implemented by local Extension offices in collaboration with local government, chambers of commerce, or the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners. They are designed to develop and enhance leadership qualities for individuals who are committed to building a stronger local economy by educating them on the issues that face their region and prepare them to run for elected office.

The following learning points include:

  • The election process
  • Roles and responsibilities of elected officials
    • Open Meetings Act (OMA)
    • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Personal Commitment
    • Professional Impacts
    • Financial Impacts
    • Family Impacts
  • Dealing with the Media