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Proviso Probe

Friday, April 21, 2006

ED, District 209 rumors [D209]

I've been contacted about at least a couple rumors in connection with District 209 (Proviso Township High Schools) today.

Feel free to post any things you've seen or heard in this entry. I haven't confirmed any of the rumors with firsthand witnesses. But it seems like some Proviso Probe readers might want to post rumors so do it in this thread.

52 Comments:

  • When is the last day of school?

    By Anonymous proviso teacher, at 3:47 PM, April 21, 2006  

  • Ms. Coffee says: My feeling is that the Board is going to hold teachers to the contract. The contract calls for 3 days to be subtracted if no snow days are used. That puts the end of school the day after memorial day. Despite the rumors, do you really think that Proviso will give teachers a "free" day of pay? At any rate, all will be settled at the Board meeting Mon. night.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:59 PM, April 21, 2006  

  • Here's a big tip for you...

    At the Proviso District 209 meeting on Monday, April 24, 2006 at 8pm, there will be a BIG shake up on the Board. Chris Welch will be impeached as President and replaced as President with Theresa Kelly. Dan Adams is being dumped and will be replaced by Gary Marine. Sue Henry will be sent packing and replaced by Charles Flowers. Odelson & Sterk is being dumped and replaced with Delgaldo and Gilio. Delgaldo and Gilio are the crooked attorneys for Melrose Park and Cicero. They have billed Cicero 1.5 million dollars in 11 months. They are the ones that brokered the deal. Gary Marine will make motion, and Dan Adams will second it. (See the Melrose Park connection.) Adams has been promised a job in Cicero in exchange for dumping Welch and his gang. Flowers has been promised an Assistant Superintendent position in Morton College where Delgaldo and Gilio are the attorneys as well. EMM is being dumped for Hathaway Insurance, Karen Yarborough's company. Don't you love Proviso Politics? To confirm any of this, call Charles Flowers, Theresa Kelly, Gary Marine, Dan Adams, Delgaldo and Gilio or Ron Serpico. I'm sure Welch and Odelson are aware by now as well. Big Big Big meeting on Monday. Be there or be square.

    Chuck Taylor

    By Anonymous Chuck Taylor, at 6:34 PM, April 21, 2006  

  • Chris Welch will not be defeated!Period!
    He might of lost the election against a sitting state representitive, but he will not lose the 209 board!
    If that happens,expect the slide of Proviso into the ghetto from the West side!
    Yarbrough,Flowers,Manzo and Wicks are infamous for doing nothing and creating nothing!
    Look at Manzo's,Flowers,and Yarbrough's reign in power and you notice that nothing gets done,only oblivious neglect with despair!
    Kelly as board president would be a disaster,since she can't speAK ENGLISH ONLY EUBONICS, AND SHE WILL THEN START TO HIRE HER CRONIES,AS SHE DID BEFORE !
    Like him or hate him,Chris Welch has CLASS,INTELLIANGENCE and flair for theater, and once he leaves the stage, Proviso will be left with all these B actors!

    By Anonymous don't destroy 209, at 10:13 PM, April 21, 2006  

  • GIVE US ALL A BREAK WITH THIS BS. ITS FUNNY HOW THE SAME PERSON TRIES TO GET S*** STARTED ON THIS BLOGGER

    By Anonymous "grape juice", at 7:49 AM, April 22, 2006  

  • impeached is not excactly the right word, is it? Isn't this the time of year when the board automaticaly votes for their new officers?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 AM, April 22, 2006  

  • Chuck Taylor is really Ron Anderson says....

    This is "a" typical behavior from Chris Welch supporters that just do not get it. If he has in fact committed a wrong doing than he must suffer for his actions. When a person enters into the political arena, he or she must make a decsion to tow the correct line of equality. When we make back room deals that make us the benefactor, thus corruption becomes the motivating point instead of social change. In conclusion, please explain the difference between his actions for change and his actions for some "change"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:29 AM, April 22, 2006  

  • The thing that amazes me is the type of environment that must exist for such speculation to proliferate.

    Clearly the leadership of 209 has yet to accomplish sufficient confidence/transparency so as to defuse the spread of rumor mill.

    Uncertainty, and the perception of not having any stable ground upon which to stand is what I feel may be the root cause. This, to me, is evidence that the organization is floundering and desparately in search of a firm policy on which they can move forward. The poor staffs, they must be utterly confused by the errant headwinds.

    I suspect that the communication linkages are terribly fragmented, and even informal networks are virtually non-existent, as in nobody knows anything save for those few at the top.

    This is truly an unfortunate, perhaps even chaotic, set of circumstances. A ship is adrift.

    By Anonymous C SanDiego, at 10:14 AM, April 22, 2006  

  • Don't Destroy #209 can you spell? It seems that you write and speak in Ebonics. Try a dictionary or Webster.com. My gosh! You should be an embarrassment to the "Welsh"!

    Here are a few of your errors:

    EUBONICS Correction: Ebonics

    INTELLIANGENCE Correction: INTELLIGENCE

    He might of lost Correction: He might have lost

    and flair for theater: Correction make this parallel with the sentence and add a comma before and

    So, before you go and insult others check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

    Also, are you Angela McGee, Proviso's Director of Communication? You seem to write and spell like her. I'm Just wondering, because she lacks elementary English skills and so do you. People in glass houses should not throw stones.

    By Blogger Crome_Dome, at 12:19 PM, April 22, 2006  

  • Tired of KING KONG
    The teacher's union president is keeping up grabage because she is now not getting her way. All of sudden she is requesting that teachers come to board meeting. What about all the other grabage that happens? Why nopw?

    She wanted her way with Jackson and Gilchrist and they ignored her. She wanted them out of Proviso. She feels she can bully DUMB Libka, but she can't bully Dr. Murphy.
    Well, she needs to go back to kissing Welch's ass. Welch is angry because he lost state rep and will not give in to KING KONG's request. King Kong wants to get out of school early and not abide by the law. If she knew the law, then she would know that school cannot be dismissed that early. Now she is getting what she deserves, because she plotted with Welch and Wallace to oust Gilchrist and Jackson. Black on Black crime.

    The teachers don't like her and feel the union is useless. Out of all the schools in the area, Proviso's teacher union only gave $200 to Hurricane Katrina victims. District #88, Elmhurst, and Cicero gave more than Proviso. Where is the money going in her pocket?

    It King Kong's way or the highway. When is her time up?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:31 PM, April 22, 2006  

  • pamela says: I heard too that the union is doing nothing this year. I also heard it was the union spreading rumors that school would be out a day early. I think the prez should check her contract. C Sandiego, you are so right. The ship is floundering, the teachers never know what's going on until the day of, the rules are constantly broken, incompetant people keep replacing competant ones as the ship sinks, rumors are rampant.It was better when the Mel Park boys ran the place. At least they didn't put their cronies in high places so that they could screw up the whole school.Teachers at Proviso are constantly harassed and kept in the dark when the real problem exists with the admin. There are no rules at the schools. The kids run screaming thru the halls, they are late to classes, they cut classes, and yet the teachers are blamed when grades are low.Next election the community should throw all the bums out and start rebuilding the school.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM, April 22, 2006  

  • Hey Carl,

    Have you confirmed anything as of yet? So far these comments have been all over the place. Has anyone got anything to say about Chuck Taylor's post?

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 4:30 PM, April 22, 2006  

  • HELLO CARL,
    WHATS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE AT D209 IS THE ANNUAL CHANGE OF OFFICERS PER SCHOOL CODE AND SCHOOL LAW. THE ONLY CRIMINALISTIC ACTION THAT WILL COME INTO PLAY IS THE RESULTS OF A PRE-SCRIPTED MEETING TO SELECT THE OFFICERS. CHRIS HAS BEEN VERY CRAFTY IN HIS POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT AT D88 & D209. HE HAS A FEW PEOPLE IN HIS POCKET AT D88 AND WAS ABLE TO CREATE MASS CONFUSION AND A VERY DESTRUCTABLE CHANGE OF THE GUARD BY PROMISING THE OUTSIDERS JOBS AND CONTRACTS. THE ONLY THING THAT HAS PUT A BUMP IN HIS PATHWAY IS THE ASS-WHUPPIN HE JUST RECIEVED AT THE POLLS IN MARCH. HIS FLUNKIES AND BID-RIGGERS ARE STARTING TO REALIZE THAT CHRIS IS NOT ALL WRAPPED UP TO BE WHAT HE APPEARS TO BE. IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING ON MONDAY NIGHT. WILL FLOWERS AND KELLY LET ANOTHER D88 TAKEOVER OCCOUR? LET`S WAIT AND SEE.

    By Anonymous 'grape juice", at 6:23 AM, April 23, 2006  

  • Union President:
    This is an invite to the board meeting on monday the 24. I hope to see every one there supporting Chris Welch. He is the best President this district has ever had, and I personally feel honored to have a former student as President.

    My wish would be to see Alexis Wallace teminated at the end of the school year. She uses foul language at the staff and students. Many teachers and parents have voiced their complaints to me about Wallace. She is a disgrace to the school. Now that Welch has lost his election he does not owe Wallace anything. He can now vote her out of Proviso like he wanted to do years ago. He has called her bitches and incompetent. He just needed her for his last two elections to make copies, phones calls, and intimidate others. He will replace her with a white man by next year. As for me as the union president, he does not like me either, but I still kiss his butt and try to make all the white teachers in the district love me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:19 PM, April 23, 2006  

  • Chuck Taylor is really Chris Welch that is his alter ego. Welch's other alter ego is Eugene Moore.
    Chris is a known liar. He needs to tell the truth! Welch is in REALLLLY BIG trouble. He will now have to vote the old law firm out and bring in Serpico's people. Welch now has to pay up. Welch will probably not even show up for the meeting. He will take the BITCH WAY OUT! SORRY, BUT YOU THEN GOT YOURSELF IN SOME SHIT! THESES ITALIAN BOYS DON'T PLAY!

    How will this saga turn out? Will Welch vote his sponsors out? They gave him a lot of money during his elections or will he follow Serpico's rules and hire Melrose Park lawyers?

    Chris is in between a rock and a hard place!
    WHEN YOU LAY DOWN WITH DOGS, YOU GET UP WITH FLEAS! CHRIS YOUR ASS IS ITCHING NOW! GET TO SCRATCHING BECAUSE THEY ARE COMING FOR YA!

    By Anonymous Da-Truth-Hurts, at 12:28 PM, April 23, 2006  

  • don't destroy 209?????

    If that happens,expect the slide of Proviso into the ghetto from the West side???????

    Don't look now, but Proviso is currently on the low end of Chicago's public high schools.
    What you portend would be a lateral move at best.

    When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is STOP digging. What if Proviso Really is as bad as everyone thinks?

    Go ahead and fight over a day here or there. Rearrange the deck chairs one more time. That'll make all the difference.

    By Anonymous Forrest Gump, at 3:19 PM, April 23, 2006  

  • I hear the meeting tomorrow isn't going to be a big deal. Just routine. And Welch will be there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:15 PM, April 23, 2006  

  • Anonymous 5:15 P.M. I heard Welch is running scared because Serpico is making him hire a new law firm. What is that all about? Welch cannot play with these Italian boys! He needs to go in hiding like the turtle he is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:51 PM, April 23, 2006  

  • Theresa Kelly should be District 209 School Board President.

    No school board member can hide from his or her track record. It's public record and can easily be reviewed, compared and contrasted against any other member past and present.

    With that said, Theresa Kelly's track record is impressive, but don't just take it from me. Take it from the Illinois State Board of Education...they awarded Theresa Kelly with the Award of Excellence based on her work as the school board President for District 209 during 2002-2003.

    This is not a mere rearranging of the desk chairs, but more like the rearranging of district 209 priorities with an emphasis on those who need it the most...the students.

    By Anonymous Check the records, at 3:05 PM, April 24, 2006  

  • Students First...Students First...Students First...finally, the 209 Board did something good. They kept their good board leadership, and more importantly, they kept their excellent attorneys. Students First!!!

    By Anonymous Board Watcher, at 12:52 AM, April 25, 2006  

  • Leadership...What leadership?

    Makes you ask…who’s more fool, the fool or the fools that follow the fool?

    It’s sad and disgraceful, but I must say, be careful what you wish for…you just might get it!

    It’s refreshing to know that Captain Welch will go down with the ship he helped sink.

    Congrats!

    By Anonymous When thigs fall apart, at 8:02 AM, April 25, 2006  

  • Leadership is about taking a position despite idiotic opposition. The D209 Board minority will be nothing more than what they are because they are unprofessional. How can Gary Marine not get up and shake the hands of students and staff being recognized. I was so embarrassed.

    By Anonymous Proviso Teacher, at 8:43 AM, April 25, 2006  

  • Proviso teacher:

    Oh really, were you also embarrassed by Danny Adams? Danny didn’t shake hands with the recognized students and staff either and he’s part of the board majority.

    I’m sure you accidentally omitted this fact. I guess that would make the board majority just as unprofessional, huh?

    By Anonymous Get your mind right, at 10:36 AM, April 25, 2006  

  • Like I said, a routine meeting nothing dramatic. All the hype was just that....Hype!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM, April 25, 2006  

  • Here’s a rumor for you.

    Word has gotten around that Alexis Wallace has reserved the UIC Pavilion for District 209’s graduation. This graduation is going to cost over $20,000 and that’s without adding in the transportation costs. Oh yeah, she wants to provide transportation to and from the event. I see this as a gross abuse of taxpayer dollars when the ceremony could be held at any of the 3 schools. Is she that smart, or are we that dumb?

    Now since Alexis Wallace is Chris Welch’s godmother…do you expect Welch and the board majority to override this irresponsible spending?

    Oh, sorry, I failed to mention that all of this has been done without board approval.

    Isn’t this the same cash strapped district that couldn’t afford to send one of their bands to perform at an out of state event?

    Students First Party, please do not steal from our students!

    I guess the motto should be, steal from the “students first” then the taxpayers!

    By Anonymous steal from "Students First"!, at 12:00 PM, April 25, 2006  

  • Remnants of former undersheriff James Dvorak's political operation are
    re-surfacing in Cook County these days and threaten to wreck havoc on
    hard-fought gains made the past two years against the entrenched Democratic
    establishment. In 1988, Dvorak unseated Cook County Chairman Don Totten in a
    surprising reversal. Totten, you may recall, was Ronald Reagan's presidential
    campaign manager for Illinois.

    Not long after his victory over Totten, Dvorak was forced to step down as
    undersheriff on charges that he was accepting bribes from mob sources. Later
    Dvorak pled guilty-from jail-to hiring ghost payrollers.Don Sloan and Jim Parrilli, Former
    Proviso Township Republican Committeeman and one of James Dvorak's chief allies
    during the late 1980's and early '90's appears intent on bringing back James
    Dvorak's glory days of political mischief and questionable practices.

    In the 1980's, Parrilli and Sloan admitted to wrongly using public resources to solicit
    political contributions, as reported in the Chicago Tribune (4/2/1985). Judy
    Baar Topinka, a sitting State Senator during the scandal-plagued Dvorak days, at
    that time opposed Parrilli's re-election as Proviso Township Republican
    Committeeman,but Sloan backed him and between both of them they beat Topinka's slate (Chicago Tribune, 12/10/1989). Despite their questionable
    association with Dvorak and checkered past, Parrilli managed to win the 19th
    Ward Republican Committeeman's race on Chicago's Southwest side in 2004 with Don Sloan backing him and winning by only 11 vote margin.
    On Wednesday night (April 19, 2006), Parrilli was running for an Illinois
    Republican Party State Central Committeeman's seat at the Cook County organizing
    convention, and he initially lost to incumbent George Preski. Cook County
    Chairman Gary Skoien ruled twice that a proxy Parrilli attempted to submit was
    not valid and was not timely cast. After continued pressure from Parrilli and Sloan
    the late arrival (in person) of the proxy grantor (Committeeman Helen Cashman
    from Mike Madigan's 13th Ward), Skoien resuscitated Parrilli's bid by allowing
    Cashman to confirm her votes for Parrilli, and Skoien then accepted the disputed
    proxy, which had been altered. Skoien's ruling erased Preski's lead and
    tentatively gives the spot to Parrilli, subject to review by the State
    Republican Party. Commissioner Tony Peraica and State Treasurer Judy Baar
    Topinka cast their weighted votes against Parrilli and Sloan.

    Parrilli and Sloan are also at the center of a challenge to Clark Pellett as the sitting
    Republican Chicago Chairman. An ally of Topinka, Pellett was in his own battle
    on that Wednesday night, but he was eventually supported by a unanimous vote.
    Pellett who is a Life Member of the Republican Party (Eisenhower Commission) and
    a Sustaining Member of the Republican National Committee is also a Presidential
    Roundtable member. He gives generously to state and local Republican
    candidates, according to State Board of Election records, and is a member of the
    NRSC's Inner Circle.

    By contrast, Jim Parrilli's State Board of Election contribution records show
    that he has apparently never given money to any Republican candidate. More
    shocking is that just 8 months ago, in August of 2005, Parrilli was a
    contributor to Democratic State Representative Kevin Joyce (D. - 35th District)and Eugene Moore and Chris Welch.Don Sloan also has given money to Democrats,such as Chris Welch,Eugene Moore,David Irleand, and others,but has given only token amounts of $25 to $75 dollars.
    -even though Parrilli was a sitting Republican Ward committeeman and Don Sloan is the self proclaimed Head of the Republicans in Proviso!

    "It appears that our Democratic "friends" have found new ways to snarl the
    Republican Party-with scurrilous attempts to thin our ranks and reverse our
    progress," said Pellett. These conflicts, stoked by the likes of Parrilli and Sloan,
    simply waste our Republican time, energy and resources-much to the benefit of
    Rod Blagojevich and his Democratic cronies. We need to guard against more
    challenges coming from these people or we will see our hopes dim for Republican
    victories in November.

    By Anonymous Impeach Sloan and Parrilli, at 9:58 PM, April 25, 2006  

  • People keep talking about Chris Welch and his board majority stealing from the district. What proof do you have of that? What we do know is that Theresa Kelly has taken over 26 trips across the country at taxpayer expense. Board member Charles Flowers has a board paid, taxpayer paid Blackberry Cellular phone with phone charger, and all the bells and whistles. Gary Marine and his wife both work for the Village of Melrose Park, and Mr. Marine only breaks from Flowers and Kelly when it's time to vote on Melrose Park candidates for employment. Why are you biased, crooked ass people not talking about these obvious wrong doings by Flowers, Kelly and Marine.

    By Anonymous Board Watcher, at 10:48 PM, April 25, 2006  

  • Ok...ok..."board watcher", you got me!

    How "biased" and "crooked ass" I am not to talk about the "obvious wrong doings" of Theresa Kelly.

    I'll fess up!

    Due to Theresa Kelly's attendance at National School Board Conferences, Caucasus and seminars, Theresa Kelly has brought back over 6.5 million dollars in funds and programs to District 209 students, staff and the Proviso Township community.

    How dare my "biased" and "crooked ass" not expose that through these events, Theresa Kelly started numerous programs and initiatives such as the Dad's Program, Project Read Proviso and The National Algebra Project just to name a few.

    Shame on me, only a “biased” and “crooked ass” would fail to mention that yesterday, Theresa Kelly accompanied the TAPS (Teenage pregnancy) program on a field trip and one of the young ladies actually went in to labor. So, the counselor tended to the details and incidentals of the young lady in labor, while Theresa Kelly tended to the transportation details of the rest of the group.

    As you can see, Theresa Kelly is no Sue Henry (Sue Henry and Gene Moore created a scandal when they took a taxpayer-funded trip to Hawaii and brought back nothing in return. This duo spent the most taxpayer dollars than all the others in attendance combined!).

    The community can distinguish the works of a board member who genuinely cares and has their best interest at heart compared to those whose interest are self-serving.

    The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes those who excel, again, that’s why they awarded Theresa Kelly The award of excellence for her work as a school board member and president.

    Matter of fact the Pioneer Press recognizes too, when Chris Welch’s next door neighbor wrote an article unfairly criticizing Theresa Kelly (key words: Chris Welch’s next door neighbor), they responded by backing Theresa Kelly and telling her to keep on doing what she’s doing and to stick to her guns.

    I think I'm going to side with the Illinois State Board of Education (the governing body) and the Pioneer press on this one. The great thing about public record is that it's all documented and anyone can check it out...

    By Anonymous A lesson for the "board watcher"!, at 4:13 PM, April 26, 2006  

  • If you knew what you were talking about, then you would know that Theresa Kelly didn't bring anything back from her trips. She doesn't write grants and come up with education initiatives. I know for a fact that Theresa Kelly has never even attended a meeting of the Dad's Club and does not know what they do because I'm a member. Second, I also know that Theresa Kelly received awards because of political connections in 2003. She needed help to rescue her image, and people with financial interests helped her get those awards. Next, if she runs for re-election again, this time she will be destroyed. Period.

    By Anonymous Board Watcher, at 4:28 PM, April 26, 2006  

  • Follow up:

    Here's what happened on Monday night. Gary Marine
    wanted Odelson & Sterk out because he did not receive
    really expensive steaks from Odelson & Sterk at
    Christmas time. However, Theresa Kelly and members of
    the board majority did. Marine is also close friends
    with Greg Jackson and has been waiting for an
    opportunity to avenge the firing of Jackson. In comes
    Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico. Serpico is looking
    to step down as Mayor of Melrose Park in July 2006.
    After he steps down, he is looking to practice law at
    the newly formed law firm of Serpico, Giglio and Del
    Galdo. Two of their clients will be Melrose Park and
    Cicero. Another client they wanted was SD209. Here's
    the only problem, Marine couldn't get Flowers and
    Kelly to go along with the program. Flowers and Kelly
    abandoned Marine when they learned Adams woudn't
    abandon Welch. Marine also couldn't get fellow
    Melrose Parker Dan Adams to go along the lawyer swap.
    That's why he was chewing Adams out during the meeting
    Monday night while the rest of the board was
    congratulating students and staff on their
    accomplishments.

    Do your homework, and you will see what's really going
    on in Proviso.

    Chuck Taylor

    By Anonymous Chuck Taylor, at 4:34 PM, April 26, 2006  

  • The Ture Students First Party comments:

    Board Watcher sounds like you are our defeated foe, Chris "bi-polar" Welch. Welch you need to take your meds. Everyone knows how sick you are. Didn't you tell people in Melrose that your parents died in a car crash to get their sympathy vote? We remember you, Mr. Orphan! ORPHAN ANNIE, HUH? YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A BIG BALD LIAR! I guess that is what you and Alexis Wallace have in common, but she is a church going liar.

    It is apparent that you are lashing out at others because you lost the state rep. bid. So now you and your pimp, Gene Moore are still walking around the community making people think you still got it. You have nothing but the minds of Adams, Madlock, and Henry. The janitors that you think worked your election threw your signs and stuff in the grabage once you gave it to them! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Where were the Italians boys when you needed them

    Welch your time has run out and Gene Moore's time ran out two years ago. Those Italian boys that you loved so much and stole for, will not feed you to the dogs. You are worthless overseer now! They don't reward losers! YOU ARE A BIG FAT LOSER!

    As for your "Devil" Mother, Alexis Wallace, her time will come soon. Everyone in the building hates her and wishes that the board demote her back down to a teacher. Her day will come soon. She is the most ignorant principal that Proviso has ever had. She curses at the students and staff and she looks more like a MAN WRESTLER than a female principal . She feels that she can do what ever she wants because her "Lucifer" son will let her, but that will end sooner that you think.

    WELCH AND WALLACE HAVE YOUR FUN KNOW BECAUSE THE PARTY WILL END SOON! YOU ARE BOTH CUT FROM THE SAME PIECE OF SHIT! BUT WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND! SEE YOU IN COURT!

    Also,Welch have you talked to Madigan lately? Keep us posted on the suponeas.


    Also, Chris it looks like you have lost weight. Has it been to worry or stress? Or do you have a case of the "SCARY CAT"!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:42 PM, April 26, 2006  

  • Check this rumor out…

    We all know that Chris Welch has a sign fetish! Matter of fact, he is so smitten by signs that he created a magnet school that cost the taxpayers 40 million plus dollars just so his name could be plastered on an expensive sign!

    Must be something about being mounted on something erect that stimulates the Welch…

    By Anonymous A funny rumor..., at 9:43 AM, April 27, 2006  

  • Let's see...

    In 2003 at half time of the Proviso West vs. Proviso East basketball game, members of the Dad's program were introduced to all in attendance. After these men were introduced, They recognized the person responsible for bringing the Dad's program to the district and asked her to speak...which she did. This person was none other than Theresa Kelly.

    Again, this is documented and public record.

    Ok "board watcher", so you are deliberately trying to mislead the readers of this blog to suit your Students First Party and your own self-interests.

    Our community is smart enough to see through your facade.

    By the way...you and Gene Moore still arguing about who lost the election for who?

    Maybe Cynthia can help!

    By Anonymous Another lesson for the "board Watcher"!, at 2:06 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • telling the truth said...
    Presenting facts! ......
    I guess your Theresa Kelly or someone fooled by Theresa Kelly!
    When did Theresa Kelly get a degree in High School education? How about pre-school education? I guess she must be an honor graduate from Pre-school education, considering how she is lobbying to get re-elected again at 209!(You got the award because no other school district in Illinois sent a board member to all expenses paid trips,($118,000) to so many seminars and conventions,they had to give you something other than frequent flyer miles!)
    (Theresa says "I deserve it,look at the awards I was given")(the pundits say "I can't believe Welch is still allowing you to go ,after all you have been an ingrate to him,typical of a scorned women")
    Why is being a 209 board member so important to her? She does'nt get paid? She sure did'nt improve education at Proviso 209 because the test scores are lower and lower every year she has been on the board!
    Is it because she has low self esteem and wants to boost it up , saying she is on 209?
    Is it for the free vacations on the taxpayers dime, so she can travel the entire USA and get free meals ? Is the reason she wants badly to stay on at 209 is to continue hiring cronies, like her mentor who dropped her-- Chris Welch ?
    I just don't get it, Why is she the only one in Proviso who deserves to sit on 209 and who has made her an expert in education, let alone an expert in school districts at risk?
    Is she so shallow and needy for attention that she can't walk away and let true proffesionals come and take over 209 to truely fix up the mess she and others,such as her own back stabber , ex- mentor Chris Welch,help destroy?
    Ms. Kelly, as the song goes,"Thanks for the Memories", but it is also your turn to leave the stage,along with Welch,Adams,Henry,Matlock and Marine! I would propose giving Flowers a chance with a new slate of educators and a new board, and if he can't, then change him as well!
    P.S. I would like to see Ms. Kelly propse at the next board meeting at 209 that for the district to save money, they should not pay with the taxpayers money any further trips to seminars outside of a 20 mile radius and that no board member should have a cell phone that is paid by and from the taxpayers!!! Start there, and also propose a new ethic ordinance for 209 that no family member will be allowed to be hired while there is a family member sitting of the board of education at 209! Show our students that all of you have prinicpals and ethics, and then they can emulate you, because all the children are seeing is greedy adults taking and not giving back!!!
    Also , with the money saved from trips and cell phones alone(who knows what other perks they give themselves) that money could be used to payback the Township for having to bail out 209 and sending the 209 Marching Bands to the Liberty Bowl for them!
    Ms. Kelly you should be ashamed of yourself,(traveling around the country with 209 money) and our children barely made out to an event that honored there achievement!!!SHAME ON YOU!

    By Anonymous telling the truth, at 2:12 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • That's funny...when you have to tell people you are telling the truth...you're usually lying.

    The same holds true for the crass attack of the self-proclaimed "telling the truth".

    Again, until you can actually make sense...I'm going to side with the Illinois State Board of Education. It's their job to govern and track school boards and their members in the state of Illinois. They also encourage travel to national school board conferences and various related seminars.

    Anyone with commonsense understands that these conferences are educational and allow school board members to share ideas, initiatives and viable programs that work. This is also a great place to network and hear about grants that may help bring money and positive exposure to you district.

    This is why Theresa Kelly was able to bring back programs and funds to a cash strapped district. Again, through her attendance at these various conferences Theresa Kelly has brought back over 6.5 million dollars for the students, staff and taxpayers of District 209. Again, and I repeat, this is why she received the highest award available from the governing body, The Illinois State board of Education.

    As a business man, I would love to invest $118,000 to receive a 6.5 million dollar return.


    Did the founder of McDonalds have a degree?

    Nah...he just had passion, conviction, determination and commonsense.

    By Anonymous Commonsense wins every time!, at 4:06 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • Presenting the Facts - - - -
    Now Ms. Kelly,take a deep breath a repeat after me," I believe in Mary Worth,I believe in Mary Worth" do this 100 times in your bathroom with the lights out and staring at the mirror in your bathroom........... Do you see Mary Worth?
    I thought so, if you did your delusional and you'll need help soon, and if you did not see her then you can't be a determined person with beliefs!
    Either way, your crazy if you think you can continue to lie to the voters and the people that all that money you spent vacationing on ou dime, was well spent!
    Stating you obtained 6.5 million in grants, is worthless when our bands had to beg everyone in Proviso for $130 a child to go down to the liberty bowl last december!
    If you want to travel now that your retired call a travel agency or go to the internet and book yourself a flight to never never land and you,YOU MS> KELLY PAY FOR IT OUT OF YOUR POCKET!
    SIMPLE, STOP TAKING FROM US WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO HAVE THESE GROWN UPS STEALING FROM US!
    What's the differance between Welch giving his cronies contracts and you taking 26 trips a year on our money? Not much in my book, just a differance of money and expenses!
    Proviso spoke and kicked Chris out of town, now next election it will do the same to you,"because ,Scarlet,frankly my dear,we don't give a dam about excuses"!The difference between Stealing and taking advantage of the poor school children with thousands of dollar trips and unlimited spending on cell phones is a fine line,that you quite franly cross everyday and are not all ashamed about!
    Read the bible about individuals like you!
    P.S. Ray Croc worked every hard to achieve his success, he took risks and payed his own way, and never took from the taxpayers like you Ms. Kelly.If you went to McDonald's and told them your like Ray Croc, they would say,"more like a croc of shit"," now get back to scrubbing the toilets"!
    Also a don't believe a failing district like 209 needs more uneducated people on there boards,instead they need true educators and need to get rid of all the political BS,that destroyed this district!
    Michael Jackson 's song "Look in the Morror", is true, Jackson does not believe he is achild molestor, Welch looks in the mirror and thinks he is loved, and Ms. Kelly looks in the Morror and thinks spending all that money on her travel expenses(first class airline tickets,suites,room service,phone services,taxi bills and resturant bill),plus free nextel unlimited minutes, is nothing wrong eventhough our children have to publically beg for scraps to go on a school event after winninng competions in Marching Band!
    Shame on you MS. Kelly.
    Retire with Dignity, don't embaress your name and family,go out on top!
    Your a nice lady, but you want to be on the 209 board for all the wrong reasons!

    By Anonymous telling the truth, at 7:03 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • All the board members have a phone including the CEO, with his dumb ass, and the principals.

    WHY ARE YOU PICKING ON KELLY ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE A PHONE. ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN TRIPS! EVEN CHRIS THE SCUM OF THE EARTH WELCH!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:17 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • TELLING THE TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE THE DUMB BUSINESS MANAGER THEY JUST HIRED. DIDN"T SHE DATE CHRIS WELCH? I BELIEVE IT WAS FOR A SHORT TIME, BECAUSE SHE FOUND OUT HE WAS VERY SHORT! IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!

    OR

    TELLING THE TRUTH IS ALEXIS WALLACE SISTER, MOMMA APE, DIELESTER PALME. HUM?

    OR

    IS IT WELCH HIMSELF TRYING TO PUT EVERYTHING ON KELLY BECAUSE HE REALLY WANTS TO BE HER. CHRIS EVERYONE KNOWS YOU WEAR WOMEN"S PANTIES! REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BATHROOM AT WEST. WHERE IS THAT YOUNG MALE YOU BONDED WITH SO ON THAT SUNNY DAY IN THE BATHROOM? OOOOPPPPPSSSS DID YOU GET CAUGHT BY SEECURITY? JUST WIPE YOUR KNEES OFF CHRIS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • How about this novice proposal,that no school board member be allowed any perks,that cost the taxpayers money,until we have a balanced budget and have the school off the watch list for 5 consecutive years?
    Sounds like what school boards are supposed to do?
    What is the reasoning for 209 or any township elected official to have a cell phone that's paid by the taxpayers? Does Libka or Wallace need to be able to contact the board members at any time if there realtives is caught sleeping or stealing?
    What ever happened to common sense and old fashion responsiblity?
    Carl Nyberg you need to investigate what districts,towns, and township officials have and use such luxury perks!!!
    This is unheard of, and a simple waste of the taxpayers money, and if we had decent schools or honest goverment, I could understand, but for the horrendous schools and dishonest goverments we have,no way, no more of our money to supplement there mental masturbations of "we desreve it"!
    What hypocrites at 209 and elswhere, they attack one another with charges of cronism and corruption, but now both camps circle together and lash out together in defense of there unerned and dishonest perks !
    Let them pay there own phones and if they don't like it, then don't run for 209!

    By Anonymous Another Corrupt Scandel in 209, at 9:46 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • Mr. Potato Head, Why do you support Welch?
    *****I am very fond of Mr. Welch. He has given me the opportunity to run a school district without having the proper certification. Welch is a wonderful man who has done so much stealing, sorry I mean great things for the community. And as a former clown for the circus I think I have moved up to a really good job thanks to Mr. Welch, I was the best clown north of the Mason Dixie Line. I had a big red nose and shiny black shoes, and I could run really fast and jump really high. Sorry, what was the question again.

    Do you even know the name of the District you work for Mr. Potato Head?
    *****Oh, yes, wait let me call Welch up and ask him if it is okay to give out that confidential information. What was the question again?

    Mr. Potato Head tell the community what are your plans to help bring up the test scores in Proviso?
    *****Well, I don't know. I think we are doing a pretty good job compared to the schools in Iraq. I think I will have to call Welch up and ask him what to say before I put my foot in my mouth again. Wait a minute, Were am I?

    One last question Mr. Potato Head before your head begins to hurt from thinking. Do you agree with the political mess Welch has continued in the schools and do you agree with the political hirings?
    *****Well, I don't think I have messed on myself.

    No, No, Mr. Potato Head. I asked you do you agree with the political mess Welch has created?
    ****Wait a minute, did Welch mess on himself? Because if he did this is the last time I am cleaning his underpants! He messed on himself at the last board meeting and I had to stay after and clean it up. I can't keep changing his DEPEND diapers.

    Mr.Potao Head I have no further questions. It seems that 209 has to start at the top and eliminate you, the MORON, before they can become a better district.
    *****I agree and thank you for the opportunity to have this educational discussion. Say it loud Students first and , I am not a crook!

    By Blogger Mister_Potato_Head, at 9:50 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION TO REMOVE LIBKA AS CEO STATES:

    Having a phone is what all board members have in 88, 89 and 209. even trustees have phones. The trustees in Bellwood are given free gas. It comes with the territory. It is apart of the position.

    I don't see people upset about LIBKA EMBELZELLING $9,000 from the district to pay for his schooling. He is not certified to be the CEO, he does not have the education, smarts, the know how, and is JUST A BIG DUMB ROCK! He did not get board approval to to go to the bank and withdraw $9,000.

    PEOPLE ARE POINTING FINGERS AT OTHERS BUT IT IS OKAY TO SEND A WHITE DOG CRACKER TO SCHOOL ON TAXPAYERS EXPENSE, WHILE HE INSULTS BLACKS AND MEXICANS AT BOARD MEETINGS. HE SAID AT THE LAST MEETING THAT LOW INCOME CHILDREN ARE KNOWN TO HAVE BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS. WHAT RESEARCH HAS HE DONE ON THIS?

    This is just another example how Welch will jump for Whitey at the expesene of his own people. Libka is a under cover racist and Welch knowningly supports him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 PM, April 27, 2006  

  • and yet another lesson! said...
    This editorial was published in the Maywood Herald on February 25, 2004.


    EDITORIAL



    What about education?


    Proviso Township High School District 209 officials are once again putting politics ahead of students.

    Theresa Kelly, vice president of the District 209 Board, has come under fire for her travel expenses over the last five years.

    Kelly, who has spoken out against the way the $40 million magnet-school deal was orchestrated, apparently has become the subject of a letter-writing campaign that is targeting her for "taking trips at taxpayers' expense."

    Such insinuations are trying to paint Kelly as sitting by a hotel pool while the respective conferences are going on inside. Such insinuations are unfounded. Kelly did attend conferences - an average of three per year - but no one has produced any evidence that she played hooky and turned the conferences into personal vacations.

    In fact, Kelly, who is retired and has the time to attend educational conferences, makes the argument that her trips helped secure $7.5 million for the district in grants and such national programs as the Algebra Project.

    District 209 officials admit that no district regulations were broken and that Kelly went on the trips with the blessing of the board and administration.

    We have never been in favor of such trips. When school districts are cutting budgets, we feel that is one area they should always consider first. If District 209 officials want to, they should limit board members to one or two trips per year.

    But the complaints against Kelly have gone too far already. She is being put under a microscope that we feel has far more to do with her political stances than with students being deprived of any educational opportunities.

    Kelly should stand her ground. And board members in District 209 should focus on education - which is what they were elected to do.



    Once again, there is nothing like information and public record...

    By Anonymous And yet another lesson!, at 9:26 AM, April 28, 2006  

  • Anonymous at 10:00pm:

    You don't sound much brighter than many other people in this site when you call someone a dumb white cracker. People that have to use racial slurs don't sound like they should be commenting about education.

    I agree that administration should not be using taxpayers money to finish their education, but if I remember correctly, a past superintendent and business manager were finishing their requirements courtesy of 209 taxpayers...they they are black.

    I know...its easy to pull the race card...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 AM, April 28, 2006  

  • Anonymous 9:53 A.M. how would you know this information? Libka's schooling costs were discussed in a board meeting not Jacksons. Chris just shut up and get ready to pay up! YOU LOSER

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:58 PM, April 28, 2006  

  • anwser the questions said...
    Information and Public Record, why does Ms. Kelly continue to evade the question and avoids responding to a simple question,which is,
    1.Does she think Board Members should have access to cell phones,supplied by the taxpayers of 209,even though the state law states"Board members may not receive compensation for their services."?
    2.If she thinks it is ok for the school to pay for cell phones, can she explain why, and what exactly does a 209 board member need a cell phone with unlimited minutes for,when no one has the numbers,and the taxpayers can't see the bills and how the phones are used.
    3. In aschool district that is in fiancial hardship,cutting teachers, and as she has stated "is Broke", why then is it ok to take an average of 3 to 4 trips a year, around the country,with first class tickets,grand suites,and all expenses,food,restuarant bills paid for by the taxpayers of proviso?
    To answer your question and your response,How can a student from Westchester compete with a student from Pakistan if he cannot locate their country on a map? , first our students need to speak english and write english correctly before they can read about Pakistan and understand there history and culture, and there impact on the world economy! Students from Pakistan speak Urdish and learn English in school and I bet they speak better than our students, as well as write better. Also the schools in Pakistan,which is closer to a fourth world economy,than a third,does not spend $15,000 a student ,like Proviso, and there Proffessors and Administrators don't travel around Pakistan trying to learn new teaching techniques! It would be wise for there teachers to have all this money to improve there learning since they are teachers,but it is not neccessary but school to them is a luxury and a privilege,they are doing there jobs.
    Also why do you include yourself with "superintendents and teachers" ,your a school board member, you are not a teacher, your trips should be allowed , but once a year only,and following the letter of the law.
    So please Ms. Kelly answer the questions,and stop grandstanding and spining the story,focus on the questions,
    1.Should board members be given cell phones ?
    2.If yes,why ?
    3.If cell phones are currently being used,why was the public/voter/taxpayers not informed about spending our taxmoney in this form?
    4.If it was voted upon,can you please give a copy of the motion and vote,and who voted for the motion for and against,and publish it on the web,or on the probe.
    5.Can you please also post all the school trips each board meber has taken,what the costs, were with the itemized bills, to see if the taxpayers monies were properly guarded by the Superidentent and the board.
    6.Do you think if 209 is in serious finacial straps,should we not follow the examples of other school districts and halt the numerous trips to possibly once a year, and keep them in the Midwest where it will be cheaper and help us save money?
    7. If there is a national convention say in California, maybe we should send another board member to attend,since your alloment of trips have far exceeded the norm?
    Please focus and respond to the questions,I believe these questions are legimit questions that as a taxpayer we need anwsered,because when are students did not have money to travel to the Liberty Bowl,our school district became an embarrassment and the 209 board had to ask for money for the trip from the Township board!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:58 AM, April 29, 2006  

  • From the Chicago Tribune editorial

    Ryan has claimed all along that he did nothing wrong, and that he knew nothing about the crimes of his compatriots. His evident attitude toward his own corrupt acts mirrored the phrase his lawyer frequently used during the trial's closing arguments: "Who cares?" Twelve jurors cared. Twelve jurors, acting for the 12 million people of Illinois. Twelve jurors devoted to the notion - plainly novel to Ryan - that citizens are entitled to the honest services of the public officials they elect to office.

    Lead Prosecutor Patrick Collins

    "Whether you're the dogcatcher or the governor, you are elected to do work for the citizens," said lead prosecutor Patrick Collins in another post-verdict news conference. "This duty of honest services is not something it takes someone with a law degree to understand. Public officials have a duty of honest services; that is, to serve the people and not their private interests. And anybody who hears this, if they want to serve their private interest, they ought to go get a job in the private sector."

    By Anonymous words to ponder for the 209 board and kelly, at 12:19 PM, April 29, 2006  

  • To our time has come, I agree with you that we,the community of parents,all the residents of Proviso and the taxpayers have been taken advantage for way to long,by these people who talk out of both sides of there mouths.
    We need to either elect individuals who's sole purpose is the betterment of education for all the students and we need to pass a resolution or a law that there be term limits on anyone's involvement.
    No more abuse of our tax dollars,we need answers,from Welch on why he needed to pass a back door referendum and we need Kelly and Flowers to answer why they arein favor of the taxpayers paying for the cell phones, and why do they think it's important to take so many school convention trips annually,without having a way to show the taxpayer where and how our money is being spent!
    Also why do we need to have board members on the board longer than two terms?
    No more politicians on school boards should be the motto!
    We should ask Mr. Welch to please hand over all the travel expenses of each board member with all expenditures itemized as well as the costs,bills and number of calls each board member has made monthly ,so we the taxpayer can decide if this is where we want our money spent!
    Also I have not seen a response to the questions asked of Ms. Kelly. Does she think that she does not have to answer to the taxpayer?
    What about Flowers with his use of a Blackberry phone? he has yet to respond.
    That attitude of disdain and disrespect to the voters,parents and taxpayers may play in Maywood, but the rest of the township is offended and wants a response,if not we will wait until election day to give you are response!

    By Anonymous 209 board needs to answers questions, at 11:04 AM, April 30, 2006  

  • There are 2 things that are guaranteed in life. That’s death and taxes. We will be paying taxes all our lives regardless of who’s in control. I am all for conscious spending of my tax dollars for and by my elected officials. All I ask is to be able to see measurable results. Theresa Kelly has showed us all results to the tune of 7.5 million dollars. 7.5 million dollars is an extremely generous return and more than covers her travel costs and cell phone bills. This is not frivolous spending.

    I don’t understand why someone would try to ignore these results and choose to wallow in the pettiness of knick picking and politics. This is a total witch-hunt and an utter waste of time. I do not blame Theresa Kelly for not responding to this nonsense. I would rather have her to continue working to improve my district than answer these ridiculous charges on a blog.

    By Anonymous Death and taxes, at 10:17 AM, May 01, 2006  

  • To Death and Taxes......
    I applaude you and Ms. Kelly for getting the 7.5 million grant for Proviso.Great Job!
    Now does that change anything about the issue that the taxpayers want a response from her and Flowers? Your spin cannot avoid the questions.Your spin is like comparing apples to oranges,it's two different things!
    Continued Deception,lies,spins,rantings ,changing the subject,personal attacks on others to deflect from what is being sought and what is needed for your redemption, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Flowers won't answer.They both refuse to respond to the taxpayers. There behavior is the equivalent of "His and her Royal Majesty", refusing to answer the questions of the peon taxpayers!!!
    They behavior and there reaction has shown there discontempt towards others,especially the tax payers and voters.What a way to show leadership and moral rectitude!
    There will never be hope for black america with leaders like these who skirt the questions of there corruption and yell and blame others for there problems!
    Just like Marion Barry when caught on videotape smoke a crack pipe with a prostitute,and blaming the media and whitey of trying to set him up, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Flowers are no better.
    And just to think ,that all they had to do was answer the questions?

    By Anonymous Don't be a hypocrite, at 12:18 PM, May 01, 2006  

  • 2:125 Board Member Expenses



    Thersa and Charles,
    1.Board members may not receive compensation for their services.
    Now return those Blackberry phones back to the school!
    2:125 Board Member Expenses



    Kelly and Flowers,
    1.Board members may not receive compensation for their services.
    "I suppose only us,Thersa and Charles,should be expempt from the rules";"We don't have to answer any questions,were above the law";
    "Just scream Chris Welch and hopefully we can deflect the question,";"Who cares every other board member has a phone";"Welch lied to us by passing a backdoor referundum and refused to ask the taxpayers,but Mr. Flowers and Ms. Kely are you two not fleecing the taxpayers with the use of cell phones being paid for by the taxpayers?"
    2:125 Board Member Expenses




    1.Board members may not receive compensation for their services.
    I can NEVER,EVER TRUST a word from the mouth of FLOWERS and KELLY!

    By Anonymous i can't trust kelly or flowers, at 1:59 PM, May 01, 2006  

  • telling the truth said...
    In some political contests victory is a stake in the heart, with the demise of the opposition swift and final. In others it's like a rubber game, with the combatants jousting until one ultimately wins. In those instances, the battle becomes so interminable as to be inconsequential: Nobody cares who wins.

    Now that ballots have been certified from the March primary, here are two outcomes that await future outcomes:

    Proviso Township (Maywood, Bellwood, Forest Park, Berkeley, Hillside, Melrose Park, Broadview, Brookfield, Westchester, LaGrange Park and part of Stone Park): The black population in those western suburbs is exploding, and the political clout of Cook County Recorder of Deeds Gene Moore, who is black, is imploding.

    In last month's election, Moore lost his bid for re-election as Proviso Township Democratic committeeman. Moore won the post in 2002, when he defeated state Representative Karen Yarbrough (D-7) by 9,073-7,911, getting 53.4 percent of the vote. In 2005 Yarbrough's husband, Henderson, was elected mayor of Maywood over Moore's opposition, and Yarbrough triumphed in the 2006 committeeman's rematch by 9,746-7,045, with 58 percent of the vote. Likewise, in the primary for Yarbrough's House seat, Moore backed Proviso Township High School District 209 Board of Education President Chris Welch, and he was obliterated by 9,825-3,574, with Yarbrough getting 73.3 percent of the votes cast.

    Without question, Moore is a "Dead Man Walking," in both township and county politics. Of late, the county recorder's post has been a springboard to higher office. Carol Moseley Braun won the post in 1988, and in the 1992 "Year of the Woman" she ran for the U.S. Senate. A nasty primary between incumbent Alan Dixon and lawyer Al Hofeld enabled her to win the Democratic nomination with 38.3 percent of the vote, buoyed by a huge black and female vote in Cook County, where she got 409,574 votes (47.4 percent).

    Jesse White, an obscure black 16-year state representative from the Near North Side and a protege of longtime Democratic powerhouse George Dunne, was slated for recorder in 1992. He faced a competitive primary and got 40 percent of the vote, to 36 percent for independent Mary "O'Hara" Considine, who is white, and 24 percent for County Commissioner Bobbie Steele, who is black.

    White was re-elected in 1996, and in 1998 he ran for secretary of state. The favored Democratic primary candidate, Penny Severns, was diagnosed with cancer and withdrew from the race, endorsing White over Tim McCarthy. White won the primary with 55.8 percent of the vote, and in the election he beat Republican Al Salvi with 55.5 percent of the vote, becoming the first black occupant of that office.

    Moore was elected Proviso Township committeeman in 1998, beating incumbent Gary Marinaro 6,883-3,935. He was the Maywood-area state representative from 1992 to 1999. Due to the influence of his ally, Cook County Board President John Stroger, Moore was picked by the county board to replace White as recorder in 1999.

    In the pantheon of county office holders, recorder ranks at the bottom in terms of clout. The office employs 275 and has a budget of $13 million. Its primary duty is the recording, microfilming and online posting of approximately one million deeds, mortgages, releases and liens filed annually. Given these mundane tasks, the office generates minimal visibility, and given the paucity of office workers, it does not enable the recorder to build a political machine.

    But that didn't preclude White from using his post to increase his visibility and to get elected as 27th Ward Democratic committeeman in 1996, defeating state Senator Rickey Hendon, who held the job since 1987. As a committeeman, White was able to assemble support from his fellow committeemen for his bid for secretary of state in 1998.

    Looking ahead to 2008, Moore is toast. There is an unwritten "Code of Clout" among Democratic committeemen: If you can't dominate your ward or township, get another life. Those slated for countywide or statewide office need a viable political base, and if they are not a committeeman, they need a powerful mentor. Moore now has neither.

    Moore's sponsor, Stroger, is disabled with a stroke, and his political base has collapsed. Ambitious black politicians are already eyeing running for recorder in 2008, including Yarbrough, aldermen Bill Beavers, Todd Stroger, Anthony Beale, Howard Brookins, Walter Burnett, Isaac Carothers and Emma Mitts, county commissioners Bobbie Steele and Earlean Collins, state senators Mattie Hunter, Kwame Raoul and Kimberly Lightford, and state representatives Ken Dunkin, Robin Kelly and Marlow Colvin.

    Count on this: The recorder's office is now a "black" office. If John Stroger leaves office and his son is not named to replace him, Todd Stroger will be slated for Moore's job in 2008. If not Stroger, Beale is next in line.

    If Steele and other black independents run, a white candidate could win in a huge field.

    But Moore could be saved from his one-way ticket to oblivion. If Mayor Rich Daley is ousted in 2007 and replaced by an independent such as Jesse Jackson Jr. or Luis Gutierrez, the 2008 Democratic primary will be chaos. Anybody, even Moore, would have a shot at winning in a large field.
    But Yarbrough will be hard press to continue supporting inividuals from 209, who according to sources are being investigated by the feds for corruption,along with misappropiations of funds by certain allies of her.Yarbrough's best chance is to look for new faces to run for the school boards and to build a strong party organization with individuals not ever tied in to those horrendous school districts in Proviso.

    By Anonymous telling the truth, at 3:00 PM, May 01, 2006  

  • One More Please my Good Friend

    By Anonymous Russ Stewart, at 4:15 PM, May 01, 2006  

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