Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Clarendon Hills resident who will take over the position held for the last two years by Michael Nelson is in the middle of his first term on the District 181 Board of Education.
Marty Turek became the newest president of the District 181 Board of Education. The Clarendon Hills resident who has served on the board since 2011 was picked to take over the president's role by a 5-1 board vote Monday night at the board's reorganizational meeting that also saw three new board members seated and three outgoing board members recognized. Michael Nelson, who has served as the board's president for the last two years but was not nominated Monday, voted "yes" for Turek along with Glenn Yaeger and new board members Gary Clarin and Jill Vorobiev. New member Mridu Garg voted "no" after nominating Brendan Heneghan, who abstained from the vote on Turek. Turek said he appreciates the support of his fellow board members. "…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Cauley could become the first village president in Hinsdale's 140-year history to serve eight straight years in the role.
Though it occurred without much pomp and circumstance Tuesday night, the swearing in of Tom Cauley to the role of Hinsdale village president for a second four-year term was historically significant. Upon completion of his new term, Cauley, who ran unopposed for village president last month, would be the first person in Hinsdale’s history to serve as village president for eight consecutive years, according to village documents supplied by village clerk Chris Bruton. Of the 39 village presidents in Hinsdale’s 140-year history, 33 served four or less years. The last village president to serve more than four years was Frederick H. McElhone, who served from 1939-45. The only others to serve more than four years were W.T. Bruckner (1925-30), R.W…
Monday, May 6, 2013
The man who was picked to replace Dennis Brennan as board president Monday night said efficiency is one of his top priorities and that he's not a "one-issue board member" defined by last year's Hinsdale South movie controversy.
The new District 86 Board of Education took its first actions Monday night and among them was the appointment of a new board president. Victor Casini was elected by a unanimous board vote to take over the body’s leading role that for the last six years has been filled by Dennis Brennan, whose four-year term ended Monday night along with those of DeeDee Gorgol and Dianne Barrett. Casini, a Hinsdale South parent and Burr Ridge resident, is among the three new board members elected along with incumbent Kay Gallo on April 9. The attorney and former Gower School District 62 board member said he does not see himself as above the other six board members, and one of his main goals as president will be to make board meetings more efficient. “I like…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The board member who lost her bid for reelection last week said she's concerned some of the goals put in place during her four years won't be realized.
DeeDee Gorgol said she’ll feel a little down after her last meeting as a District 86 board member in May. “It will be sad,” Gorgol said. “You make a group of friends and have a common interest and goal and it will be sad because … I’m afraid maybe some of the goals we were putting out there won’t be realized.” Gorgol and Board President Dennis Brennan are current board members who failed in their bid for reelection last week running as part of a slate that also featured current board member Kay Gallo and Roseanne Rosenthal. Gallo was the slate’s only winner, as the “Friends for District 86” slate of Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran and Claudia Manley swept the other three open spots. Gorgol said the results of the election were disappointing, …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The slate that placed three winners in last week's election reemphasized its promise for board accountability and transparency in a letter to the editor.
Monday, April 15
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by the "Friends for District 86" candidate slate: Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran and Claudia Manley, who ran as "Friends for District 86" would like to thank our supporters and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication during the District 86 school board campaign. We are humbled and honored to be able to serve the citizens of District 86 and will do our best to live up to community expectations. We will promote educational excellence within the district. In addition, we also desire to activate the board committee structure to bring skills and expertise from the community into the district. We will reach out again to all community members in the spirit of collaboration to volunteer for …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Patch looks back at five of the most read stories from the week of April 8 to April 12.
1. Missing Teen Faith Shirley Found Safe in Chicago: The 16-year-old from Florida went missing earlier this week from the Institute in Basic Life Principles in Hinsdale. 2. 2013 Election Results: Find All Your Local Winners: Now that the polls have closed, follow our site for live results to learn who won and by how much in all your Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills races. We'll be updating this post throughout the night as votes are tallied. 3. D86 Election: 'Friends' Slate Promises Transparency, 'New Brand of Collaboration': Challengers Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran and Claudia Manley all won spots on the District 86 Board of Education Tuesday after a contentious campaign. 4. Man Killed by Freight Train Near La Grange Stone Avenue Station: The …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Dennis Brennan said he wishes the "Friends for District 86" winners well, but warned that serving on the board is a lot harder than criticizing it from the audience.
District 86 Board President Dennis Brennan said he believes his failed reelection bid is partly the result of serving on school boards that have taken action to improve the district and its facilities. “If you sit there and do nothing, you’ll probably get reelected,” Brennan said Thursday, more than a day after his four-candidate slate placed only one winner. “But if you try to get something done … you’re going to probably raise the opposition, whoever that is.” In 2013, that opposition was “Friends for District 86,” the candidate slate of Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran and Claudia Manley that managed to go three-for-three Tuesday after a campaign centered around improving fiscal responsibility, transparency, and community involvement in …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Challengers Victor Casini, Ed Corcoran and Claudia Manley all won spots on the District 86 Board of Education Tuesday after a contentious campaign.
Claudia Manley called it “unbelievable.” Ed Corcoran was “elated.” Victor Casini said it was “a pleasant surprise.” Following the election of all three “Friends for District 86” candidates Tuesday in the race for District 86 school board, Manley, Corcoran and Casini all said the sweep was unexpected, but also symbolic. “I think it sends a message that the platform that we ran on resonated with District 86 citizens,” Casini said. “Namely, fiscal responsibility, transparency and community involvement.” Corcoran agreed that the community showed its support for the substance of the “Friends” slate’s platform. He also said he thought voters reacted to the group’s campaign approach. “We tried to have a positive campaign, talking about what we’re…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Current board members Lisa Bishop and Patricia Dieball won re-election Tuesday in Maercker School District 60.
Two incumbents and two challengers won election to the Maercker School District 60 Board of Education Tuesday, and the current board president ended up on the outside looking in. Current board members Lisa Bishop and Patricia Dieball, and newcomers Michael Gombosi and Arthur Andersen were the top four finishers Tuesday in the District 60 race. Board President Paul Watkiss and challenger Pradeep Tekkey finished fifth and sixth, respectively. According to unofficial results, Bishop led all candidates with 818 votes received. Dieball had 741, Gombosi had 711, and Andersen had 637. Watkiss received 549 votes; Tekkey had 543. 2013 Election Results: Find All Your Local Winners
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The three caucus-endorsed candidates won over incumbent Sarah Lewensohn and Richard Fitzgerald.
The three Hinsdale-Village-Caucus-endorsed District 181 candidates made it a clean sweep. Jill Vorobiev, Gary Clarin and Mridu Garg were the leading vote-getters Tuesday in the race for three open District 181 Board of Education seats. With all precincts reporting, Vorobiev had the highest vote total at 1,726. Clarin received 1,384 votes while Garg received 1,381. "I’m happy that the community made its choice and put its confidence in me," she said. "It was a great campaign and I’m very happy to serve the community." Incumbent Sarah Lewensohn (1,263 votes) and challenger Richard Fitzgerald (1,120) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, according to the unofficial results. Lewensohn said Wednesday morning, "I’m disappointed, but I know …