In case you missed this story on Friday - a citizens’ group says it has gathered 600 signatures on petitions to place the village’s sports complex on the ballot in March 2014.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Citizens’ Group says it has gathered 600 signatures on petitions to place the village’s sports complex on the ballot in March 2014.
Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves Jan. 28 unveiled a proposal to build a $21 million indoor/outdoor sports complex in the village’s downtown area. At the meeting, Reaves said he hoped to put the project on a “fast track” and begin construction of the project in March of this year. But some Lemont residents are saying, “Not so fast.” A group of citizens calling itself the “Let Us Vote” campaign, has been circulating petitions around town, gathering signatures to place a measure on the March 18, 2014 general primary election ballot - allowing Lemont citizens and taxpayers to “have a voice and a vote.” “I’ve been to the [Metra] train station every morning, gathering signatures on petitions,” said Jim Ladas, a 25-year resident of Lemont and one of …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The original complaint—filed in 2010 by former board member Janet Hughes and Lemont residents Laura Reigle, Duane Bradley and Louis Emery—was dismissed with prejudice in March.
A former school board member and three Lemont residents filed an appeal Friday in their $12 million lawsuit alleging illegal spending and concealment in Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A. Natalie Potts, executive director of the Center for Open Government IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, confirmed that attorney Clint Krislov appeared in Cook County appellate court on behalf of former District 113A board member Janet Hughes and Lemont residents Laura Reigle, Duane Bradley and Louis Emery to challenge the dismissal of the lawsuit March 15. "Appeals take several months to get going, so we're in the beginning of that process," Potts said. "We'll file an appeallate brief this summer, and the defendants will get the chance to …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The complaint—filed in 2010 by former board member Janet Hughes and Lemont residents Laura Reigle, Duane Bradley and Louis Emery—was dismissed with prejudice Thursday afternoon.
Update, 12:15 p.m. Attorneys from the Center for Open Government at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and the law firm Krislov and Associates, which represented the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said they plan to appeal the judge's ruling. They released the following statement Friday morning: "As attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuits against the Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A board members and officials, we are disappointed by Judge Martin's dismissal of the complaints, and we strenuously disagree with Judge Martin's view that the school district's expenditures of moneys in excess of legal appropriations, and without the actions necessary to legally authorize transfers glosses over the district's undisputed violations of …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
From a bank robbery and bomb threat to elections and superintendents, here's a look at the year's most viewed stories.
As the new year approaches, so does the end of a full year of news at Lemont Patch. Looking back on 2011, it's hard to believe everything that happened. From a robbery at Lemont National Bank and a fake bomb threat at the Willis Tower, to an all-consuming school board election and resignation of a superintendent, there was no shortage of news in our little town. Here's a look at our top 10 most-viewed stories of 2011, according to our internal metrics: Former District 113A Board Member Janet Hughes was the subject of quite a few news stories in 2011, including two lawsuits against the district and her controversial bid for re-election in the April consolidated election. Hughes, who served on the District 113A Board from 2009 to 2011, …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Janet Hughes filed a lawsuit in April claiming she was denied access to financial statements and recordings of closed meetings during her two-year term in office.
A Cook County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board Member Janet Hughes claiming she was denied access to financial statements and recordings of closed meetings from her two-year term in office. In a court hearing Tuesday, Judge Richard J. Billik Jr. dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, stating in his decision that Hughes' claims are "moot," "legally insufficient," and fail to allege facts upon which any relief should be granted. The complaint was originally filed April 28, just three weeks after Hughes lost her bid for re-election to the District 113A Board of Education. Her term of service expired May 2, when the four newly-elected board members were sworn in. In the suit, …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The amended complaint was filed Monday in Cook County court.
A $12 million lawsuit alleging illegal spending and concealment was refiled Monday against administrators and board members in Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A. Filed on behalf of attorney Clint Krislov of Krislov and Associates, the lawsuit claims District 113A officials "engaged or aided in illegal spending, and then took steps to conceal expenditures by draining funds legally appropriated for other purposes, all in violation of Illinois law," which allegedly resulted in the loss of $12 million in taxpayer money, the complaint said. According to the lawsuit, the alleged misconduct took place from 2007 to 2010. The lawsuit was filed in conjunction with the Center for Open Government at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
UPDATED: Court Dismisses Request for Criminal Restitution in 113A Lawsuit; Plaintiffs Will Refile Civilly
A lawsuit alleging concealment and illegal spending was filed against District 113A board members, administrators and the accounting firm Knutte Associates.
Updated, 10 p.m. Saturday Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last year against Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A will replead their case next month after a Cook County judge ruled they could not pursue criminal restitution from the defendants. In a court hearing Wednesday morning, Judge Rita M. Novak dismissed complaints alleging illegal spending and concealment by former and current District 113A board members and the accounting firm Knutte Associates, according to Clint Krislov, the plaintiffs' attorney. Two lawsuits, which were eventually consolidated, were filed in December by the Center for Open Government at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on behalf of former District 113A Board Member Janet Hughes and Lemont residents Laura …
Monday, May 9, 2011
The complaint was filed April 28 in Cook County against District 113A Superintendent Tim Ricker and former board presidents John Wood and Lisa Wright.
Janet Hughes, a former board member in Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A, filed a lawsuit last month claiming she was denied access to financial statements and recordings of closed meetings during her two-year term in office. The complaint was filed in Cook County Chancery Court on April 28 against District 113A Superintendent Tim Ricker, former Board President John Wood and current Board Member Lisa Wright, who was the board president up until the May 2 reorganizational meeting. Hughes, who lost her bid for re-election last month, claims the defendants have, without legal basis, "flatly refused access to verbatim recordings of closed session meetings, and denied her access to District financial records," according to the …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The administration will work with advisers from PMA Financial Network to secure about $6.1 million in tax anticipation warrants by July.
Just two weeks after the failure of a $20 million working cash bond referendum, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A is moving forward with plans to secure another round of short-term borrowing to meet upcoming financial obligations. The District 113A Board of Education voted 6-1 at their meeting Monday night to begin the process of securing tax anticipation warrants, which advisers said would be needed to meet July payroll. Board Member Janet Hughes cast the lone dissenting vote. The board also voted 6-1 to approve an agreement with PMA Financial Network to provide advisement on securing the next round of TAWs. Hughes again cast the lone dissenting vote. In a presentation to the board, PMA representative Don Weber said District …