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Proviso Probe

Saturday, December 09, 2006

POL, Lightford to be appointed to higher office? [4th SEN]

I heard a rumor that Governor Rod Blagojevich is considering appointing Senator Kimberly Lightford to a statewide education position.

Has anyone heard the details of this?

If there was a vacancy the Democratic Committeemen that hold the most power (weighted vote) in determining the replacement senator are:

1. Proviso (Karen Yarbrough)
2. 28th Ward (Ed Smith)
3. 29th Ward ("Ike" Carothers)
4. Oak Park (Don Harmon)

Other committeemen who have a vote include Berwyn, River Forest, Riverside and the 36th Ward.

[UPDATE: This was covered in yesterday's Chicago Tribune (Diane Rado)
As chair of the Senate Education Committee, Lightford (D-Maywood) plays a powerful role in determining school policy in Illinois. But she does not have a background as a teacher and school administrator--one of the chief criteria set by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The board's chairman, Jesse Ruiz, said Thursday that he has heard concerns from at least one board member about candidates who do not have education backgrounds and about the "politicization" of the process of selecting a new schools superintendent.

[Comments on the possibility of Lightford being appointed? Who should the committeemen appoint to the vacancy?]

26 Comments:

  • Would this be a good position for Kim or should it be a member of the assembly that is a former school board member or a former teacher/

    By Anonymous Teacher, at 5:07 PM, December 09, 2006  

  • Carl,

    This rumor is ludicrous. No elected official would give up their seat for some appointed position on an obscure board. It doesn't matter even if the position paid an extra $40,000 a year. Elected officials thrive on the prestige of the title. When legislators are in Springfield, everyone kisses their ass and makes them feel like royalty. If you think that Sen. Lightford would give up a secure seat for a position on the state board of education, you're too politically naive to even write on politics. I realized you're probably just mentioning what you heard. But at the same time, you have to be able to access whether the information is credible or not.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 5:13 PM, December 09, 2006  

  • This is no obscure position. The state super is a BIG deal along with a six-fiqured income.

    I do not know what the qualifications are for this position or if she has them but I do not blame her for applying.

    Kim has had a successful career in politics and now if she gets this position she can make a transition. I hope she is successful. Go Lightford.

    By Anonymous ab of Bellwood, at 7:22 PM, December 09, 2006  

  • I agree go Kim!

    By Anonymous able of broadview, at 10:02 PM, December 09, 2006  

  • ab:

    When compared to an elected official, the position is still obscure. Plenty of positions: state, city, and county, pay substantially more than the politician's salary who make the appointments. That doesn't make it a BIG DEAL necessarily. Just because folks in the education industry are tuned to something, doesn't mean the masses of people even care or know about it.

    So this rumored ascension of Senator Lightford is great for her if true. But make no mistake, it isn't the route that most "on the rise" public officials would take. I'm willing to bet that absolutely nothing becomes of this.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 8:37 AM, December 10, 2006  

  • I believe the replacement for her seat should go to Chris Welch. Welch has shown that he is dedicated to his community and would be a great voice for Proviso!

    By Anonymous Welch for Senate, at 9:52 AM, December 10, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 AM, December 10, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:34 PM, December 10, 2006  

  • Why the hate for Welch? Welch is our most qualified individual to be our next state rep. or state senator. Get off your hate mongering and fess up, Welch should replace Lightford!

    By Anonymous Welch for Senate, at 6:05 PM, December 10, 2006  

  • Mayor Calderone from Forest Park should be asked to take that Senate seat. He has proven himself a leader and gets along with all of the towns in Proviso.

    By Anonymous Shiela, at 6:57 PM, December 10, 2006  

  • To Welch for Senate:

    Do you have a receipt for that crack you are smoking? Crack is Wack!

    By Blogger welch_is_an_ass, at 11:33 PM, December 10, 2006  

  • THIS WOULD BE A VERY BAD MOVE FOR KIM. THIS SEAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO EDUCATION AND HOLD VERY HIGH QUALIFICATIONS WHICH KIM HAS NONE,,NOT EVEN CLOSE. AND TO THINK THAT WELCH COULD TAKE THE SENATE SEAT.....STOP PLAYIN!!!!!!!GET REAL. HE HAS TORN HIS ASS EIGHT WAYS TIL SUNDAY AND HE COULD NEVER ROUND UP THE VOTES FOR THE APPOINTMENT ANYWAY. SORRY KIM BUT NO DISRESPECT INTENDED. STAY IN THE SENATE SEAT AND STOP LETTIN PEOPLE SEND YOU OFF. YOU WOULD HAVE THE SEAT FOR ONE YEAR MAX THEN YOU WOULD BE DUMPED....AND GOD HELP US ALL IF WELCH THINKS HE CAN REBOUND FOR A SENATE SEAT. HE IS GOING TO HAVE HIS HANDS FULL TRYIN TO HOLD ON TO SD209....

    By Anonymous STAY IN YOUR SEAT KIM, at 11:56 PM, December 10, 2006  

  • has anybody heard anything about the village races and school boards? word is that Lorreta Robinson is running for sd209.she is a former nurse from sd89.

    By Anonymous whats new, at 12:03 AM, December 11, 2006  

  • This is going to be a blast for 2007. The Maywood team has no problem. Mayor Yarbrough is on a roll and has the peoples support.
    On the other hand , word has it that the good ole boy from Bellwood AKA Pasquale is in hot water. A. Bryant is still hot about the blotched library deal and now has built a powerhouse slate for 2007.

    Arnie Bryant
    David Ireland
    Charles Miller

    This trustee ticket is a sure winner...goodbye Pasuale Puppets.

    Word has it that charlie miller has been meeting with the powers to be since he has wet his feet as an elected official on the park board. good luck Charlie..go get em.

    By Anonymous Its about Time, at 12:24 AM, December 11, 2006  

  • Yarbrough`s live in Maywood said...
    you all are some stupid ass fucks. Talk about some real shit .who in the fuck do you think will even start to believe that the Yarbroughs live in Oak Park??? This aint Manzo Welch. Yarbrough does not play tricks and bullshit games with the people that put her where she deserves to be for the good of this Township.

    By Anonymous Yarbroughs Live in Maywood, at 11:31 PM, December 11, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:07 PM, December 12, 2006  

  • Why does Lightford,Moore,Cross and Pasqauel constatntly talk bad about Don Williams? Who is Don Wulliams?

    By Anonymous question, at 2:36 PM, December 12, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:53 PM, December 12, 2006  

  • Chris Welch has once again proven that he is part DEVIL AND practices DEMONIC rituals!

    Where did this BASTARD come from? He told a room full of people in Melrose Park that his parents died in a car accident. How awful! Recently his parents were resurrected during his failed state rep. campaign. Let's send the DEVIL'S SON-IN_LAW BACK TO HELL! His treachery and vileness has ruined Proviso!
    Besides him being physically repulsive, his lack of character is abhorrent. Chris Welch is morally despicable! SCUM OF THE EARTH!

    He will have some explaining to do on judgement day or even before that. Beacuse the BAD BOYS ARE COMING!

    Chris, WHATCHA GONE DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU? BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS, WHATCHA GONE DO, WHATCHA GONE DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also, comments pertaining to Welch's sexual past are just as repulsive as Welch's face. Let's leave the the bedroom talk in the bedroom. Or is it bathroom? I heard that same rumor some years ago from a former T.O.
    But anyway.....................
    His morbid sexual behavior still does not explain why Welch is such an evil bastard that steals from the students of Proviso Township. People need to petition to have Welch removed from the Board! ASAP! Let's get Springfield and the Federal goverment involved! WELCH is facilitating the genocide of our youth. WELCH is committing CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY!

    HELL NO! WELCH MUST GO!
    The community's slogan for the 2007 election!

    HELL NO! WELCH MUST GO!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:49 AM, December 13, 2006  

  • Hey Anon, come on now , we only report the truth on this blog. Ron anderson has never had an attemted murder charge. He has a charge for passing phoney $20`s and selling dope. He also has a few weapons charges and allegations. but the latest was when his house got raided for about 20lbs of weed and he was let go on a tech based on his name not being on the search warrent even though he sold the officers 3lbs of dope two days prior. what a system huh......

    By Anonymous Tell the truth, at 5:52 AM, December 13, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:38 AM, December 13, 2006  

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    By Anonymous People for education, at 10:34 AM, December 13, 2006  

  • I'll buy that for a dollar said...
    I find this hilarious!

    Please notice the posting from "People for Education"

    This was posted on Chris Welch's "Proviso Insider" and every time it's posted, Chris Welch deletes the comment.

    I wonder why...

    To Steven:

    I didn't realize that you are so clueless.

    God bless you...

    By Anonymous I'll buy that for a dollar, at 11:18 AM, December 13, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 12:12 PM, December 13, 2006  

  • Don Williams is the former village president of Maywood and father of Karen Yarbrough.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:27 PM, December 13, 2006  

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    By Blogger Steven, at 8:40 AM, December 14, 2006  

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