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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Robert Libka & Tommie Miller have a history of looking out for each other

Proviso Insider:
The Insider is hearing rumors that the former CEO of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, Robert "Bob" Libka, is about to be named the number two person in charge of Bellwood School District 88.

Proviso Insider has good sources at District 88 (Bellwood & Stone Park elementary schools).

Proviso Insider characterizes Libka as affable. But Libka is agreeable because he's an incompetent that lets the world happen around him. He genuinely tries to be nice to everybody, but he accomplishes little to nothing.

I pretty much avoided discussing the allegations against Tommy Miller, Proviso West boys basketball coach, and now president of the District 88 board of education. The allegations are rather sordid and will inflict substantial hurt on Miller's family.

But there were allegations made that Tommie Miller was a serial sexual predator against student athletes that he coached. Miller allegedly had sexual relations with numerous female student athletes he coached including his wife when she was in high school.

These allegations were reported to Libka when he was CEO of Proviso Township High Schools (District 209) and Libka declined to investigate. (However, when anonymous allegations were made against a board member who was a Welch opponent, Libka photocopied these allegations and sent them to the entire board. The allegations were that this board member had a homosexual encounter.)

Miller is a political ally of Emanuel Chris Welch, who was president of the District 209 education. Miller was a board member at District 88 where Welch was racking-up massive legal bills as the district's attorney. At one point Welch billed District 88 about $200,000 in a six-month period.

Libka declined to investigate, but Chicago Public Schools did investigate the same allegations against Miller. CPS found the allegations "not substantiated", but I am skeptical of these conclusions.

The most solid piece of evidence against Miller is that his wife had a child at 16 years old in October. If you go back nine months Miller's wife was a 15-year old finishing basketball season.

The allegations against Miller include the detail that he reached financial settlements with the families of the girls/young women involved.

My experience doing similar investigations for the Navy was that the bureaucracy will contort logic into a pretzel to find messy sexual allegations unsubstantiated. If CPS substantiated the allegations against Miller, not only would CPS have to explain to the media that it had a sexual predator in its schools, it would also have to explain why CPS continued to OK Miller being in CPS after his sexual relations with student athletes were first detected. And CPS would have to explain how the information about the initial investigations disappeared from CPS records. And this would lead to follow-up questions. How many sexual predators has CPS allowed to stay in the school system? How does a sexual predator get results of investigations purged from his records?

So, CPS had plenty of incentive to find the allegations against Miller "unsubstantiated".

Libka can't find a job in a real school district. So he's come back to Welch and Miller so he can get the big buck for looking the other way while the political bosses enrich and empower their cronies.

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  • BTW, I informed Stan Fields of the allegations against Miller on January 12, 2007.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:49 PM, July 24, 2007  

  • Question: What did Fields do when you notified him of the allegations?

    Also, was Fields notified of Kelvin Lane's reason for his suddenly leaving from Wheeling?

    I thought Libka was a Christian. What would Jesus do?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:00 PM, July 24, 2007  

  • My question to Fields is why would you allow Hillside police to give our kids tickets for school related incidents. The students are being punished twice for an infraction. Wasn't Fields given a second chance for his DUI in Oklahoma? Why would he want to tarnish a child's record with this BS? Fields also wants two armed police and a squad car in front of Proviso West every day. Proviso West has its problems but it is not Lean on Me! Maybe, Fields should get aquainted with the students and speak with them, instead of being scared to death to approach them. I thought he worked with Blacks and Latinos. That is what he wrote his doctoral paper on?

    The issuing of tickets will only make the Village of Hillside rich. And guess who will be the village's attorney handling this kangaroo court? Yes, Daniel, Sanchez, and Hoffman? Welch's firm! He had to go back to them because no other firm would hire him. WELCH HAS THE BLACK PLAGUE!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:10 AM, July 25, 2007  

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