Advocates: Spot The Liars

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Two of these are elected School Board 99 members. One is also Democrat Party State Central Committeewoman. One is the Advocates main arm-twister-about-town. One is a resident who won’t take anymore.

Can you tell who’s who?

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Dirty Rotten Advocate Scoundrels

I know some Advocates that are good people, but they don’t run the group. Some of them are downright nasty people, and those nasty people are the ones who really run the Advocates show now. They twist the arms, print the flyers, spread the gossip, dig up the dirt and spread the manure. A local oligarchy that squats on Downers Grove, relishing their insider status, and zealously guarding their control over our Village.

This last election cycle Advocates self-declared piety has been exposed again, as nasty people doing nasty things especially when it comes to our School Board. Read the rest of this entry »

BGA and Illinois Review Get Play’d

How did Tip put it? All politics are local? has over 150 posts first-hand witnessing the arrogance and abuse of power of the CHSD 99 Board of Education and the majority members of that board over the years. It all happened specifically after long time Board member and President Bruce Beckman stepped down after 20 years of service, and before current Board President Bill White was elected to the middle chair.

During that in-between time the former Superintendent got stiff final year pay raises (from $187.2K in 2005 to $256.5K+ in 2008) to goose his pension; the local teachers union made campaign contributions to the majority board members election fund; FOIA’s were routinely denied; no one knows how many times the OMA was violated; reporters verbally harassed when they wrote articles the board majority disliked; a board member silenced for trying to talk about cheaper insurance options; residents denied the chance to speak at meetings; few accurate recordings or minutes kept of public meetings; Township Democratic Party newsletters stacked in the School Districts Administration building during School Board meetings, and more. The Board President during all of this was/is Julia Kennedy-Beckman, the Democratic State Central Committee 13th District Representative. Read the rest of this entry »

College of DuPage Board of Trustees Candidate Forum at Etz Chaim

On Sunday March 22nd at 2:30PM DuPage United will be hosting a College of DuPage board candidate accountability forum at the Congregation Etz Chiam of DuPage County, 1710 South Highland Avenue in Lombard (between Roosevelt and Butterfield Roads).

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Reality Starts Sinking In

Sobering thoughts from 99, deafening silence from 58.

I’ve written in the past how 99 seems to have more on the budget ball than 58.  Kudos to 99 Super Mark McDonald for a cold and bold laying out of the facts, and possible ways to blunt the impact of recessionary budgets.

So where is 58 on this very important problem?  Should we blame this inept inactivity on Scott O’Connell, too? Read the rest of this entry »

John H. Pearce, 1927-2008

From the Chicago Tribune:

John H. Pearce, a Naperville resident since 1965, died June 9, 2008 at Edward Hospital. Born Aug. 21, 1927 in Terre Haute, IN. He is survived by his wife, Elvina; a brother, Frank G. Pearce of El Macero, CA; and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Irene Pearce; a brother, Milton Pearce; and two sisters, Genevieve McWilliams and Dorothy Shea. A memorial visitation celebrating John’s life will be held on Friday, June 13, 5 until 9 p.m. at the Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill, Naperville. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s honor may be made to the Interlochen Center for the Arts, 4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643. For info, 630-355-0213.

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