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Proviso Probe

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A07, Proviso write-in candidates [BV, FP, W]

In Broadview there are three seats on the library board. F. Joyce Lewis filed for the two-year term, however no candidates filed for the two six-year terms. Jerome Reed of 2122 S. 24th and Teresa A. Tyson of 2632 S. 11th have filed to run as write-in candidates. All the candidates are incumbents.

In Forest Park, Negale T. Jackson is running for mayor as a write-in candidate against Mayor Anthony Calderone and Commissioner Theresa Steinbach.

Also, there is a seriously contested race for school board in District 91 (Forest Park elementary schools). No candidate filed for the two-year term, so five write-in candidates filed.
  • Catherine Denham, 1512 Circle
  • Kristine K. Lazzara, 1000 Marengo
  • Mary Needham N. Turek, 833 Marengo
  • John Tricoci, 642 Marengo
  • Joan White, 617 Thomas

Forest Park Review published letters from some write-in candidates:

Kristine Lazzara
As an active and interested mother of two elementary-aged boys I eagerly announce my candidacy as a write-in for a position on the District 91 school board. I have had the privilege over the past several years to witness the development of Forest Park and its schools; previously with my daughter, now a college student at Loyola University and currently as my sons attend Field-Stevenson School. Because of my roots here in Forest Park, I desire to see the community, its children and therefore its schools flourish and grow to a bright, productive and promising future.

Did you know that District 91's guiding principles state: "...we promote responsible involvement in the educational process by all citizens: students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members"? It is my desire that as a community and school district, we abide by these principles and foster greater involvement between our parents, teachers and neighbors. We need to answer the questions of: What is our philosophy of education? How can we best educate students from diverse backgrounds? Are we addressing our special education needs?

The word "public" in public school means that it is us, the citizens of Forest Park, who should shepherd the care and education being provided to our children. I pledge that when you elect me, Kristine Lazzara, on April 17, to the District 91 school board, I will work to fulfill the mission of educating our students and engaging parents and teachers to ensure that the future of Forest Park remains vibrant and prosperous.

Mary Needham Turek
I am adding my name to the growing list of great people running as write-in candidates for a two-year term on the Forest Park school board. I have lived with my family in Forest Park for 14 years. My husband John and I have three children, ages 15, 13 and 9, all of whom have attended public school in Forest Park. My oldest son is in high school, my daughter is currently a student at the middle school and my youngest son is a student at Garfield school.

I have been an assistant Cook County state's attorney for 15 years and am currently assigned to the criminal appeals division. I am also an active member of our community. I have taught religious education at St. Bernardine Parish for 12 years and currently teach fifth-grade. I was a Girl Scout leader from 2001 through 2004 at Garfield school. I have served on the Auxiliary Board of Forest Park Little League. As a parent, I have volunteered at my children's schools and am a member of the PTA and middle school boosters.

I believe I possess the qualities and commitment to serve as part of the team that will continue to promote academic excellence in Forest Park schools. I would be thrilled and honored to serve the students of this school district and the entire community.

Catherine Denham
I have filed as a write-in candidate in the April 17 election for a two-year Forest Park School District 91 board member position. I am proud and honored to have been a school board member for the last 12 years. It has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. Forest Park is a community that has many assets and the schools are one of the most important.

School board members are elected to represent all citizens of the community. Every citizen has a stake in maintaining the level of high quality education that our schools provide. This is a team effort and there is always room for improvement.

I believe a school board member's responsibility is not to run the schools, but to see that they are well run. The school board as a whole makes decisions that enable all students to develop to their full potential. These decisions can cover any number of areas including: the students, staff, curriculum, budget, buildings and grounds and transportation.

If I am re-elected, I will continue my commitment to represent all citizens of Forest Park in ensuring a high quality education for our children with fiscal responsibility.

I ask for your write-in vote on April 17 for a two-year Forest Park School District 91 board member position.

Joan White is the former village clerk.

John Tricoci is some kin of Calderone, if I'm not mistaken.

Also Westchester's Lowell M. Seida of 10332 Bond St filed for multiple offices: the library board, park district, elementary school board, high school board and Triton's board of trustees. I guess he's happy with village government because he didn't file for the Village of Westchester board of trustees.

For list of write-in candidates see Cook County Clerk (pdf).

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  • Stay away from Lazzara in Forest Park. Her and her husband who is running for commissioner are Calderone puppet operatives. Calderone is trying to take over our school board now as well by running Kristine Lazzara.
    ALERT----For the sake of our community stay away from voting for either Lazzara---PLEASE!

    By Anonymous Forest Park ALERT, at 7:15 PM, April 15, 2007  

  • Ha ha............Lazarra is a loser!!! Good for Forest Park!! See ya Lazzara's!

    By Anonymous La What?, at 12:57 AM, April 18, 2007  

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