Cunningham Remains on D135 Ballot (Live Blog Transcript)
The objection against Tom Cunningham running for re-election in D135 was overruled by the school district's electoral board Tuesday night. Read the blog transcript from the objection hearing.
Update, 9:25 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2012
The Orland School District 135 Electoral Board voted 2-1 to keep incumbent candidate Tom Cunningham on the April ballot for re-election.
D135 Board president John Carmody and secretary Tina Zekich were in favor of overruling candidate Michael Carroll's petition objection. Board member Lynne Donegan was in favor of removing Cunningham from the ballot.
Carmody said he believes voters should ultimately make the decision as to who becomes board members, while Zekich said she did not feel the electoral board had the authority to decide whether serving on D135's board and Moraine Valley Community College's Board of Trustees would be an incompatible situation. Both said in the time they have served on the D135 board that there have not been any contracts made with MVCC.
Donegan sided with an informal attorney general opinion brought up during the hearing that said community college boards and school boards are incompatible for a person to serve on both.
Michael Carroll said he might appeal the ruling. After the hearing, Carroll said he would review his notes, as well as the official ruling in writing, and will make a decision after doing so.
Carroll said an intergovernmental agreement or contract did once exist between D135 and MVCC about 10 years ago.
"I do know there is a case out there specifically talking about the interplay between high schools and community colleges," Carroll said. "(Consolidated High School District) 230 and Moraine Valley have agreements. The law looks at an elementary district in the same as a high school districts. Both are called common school boards, so if one can have conflict by definition of a common school board it applies to both."
Dennis Brennan, an attorney who represented Cunningham at the hearing and spoke on his behalf afterward, argued during the hearing that based on a 1986 court case Velazquez v. Soliz, non-partisan elections are not subject to the same compatibility constraints of the Illinois Election Code. School district races are considered non-partisan.
"He’s an attorney," Brennan said about Carroll after the hearing. "He knows what the law is and the law is pretty clear. What he cited just doesn’t apply."
Original Post, 5:29 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2012
The Orland School District 135 Electoral Board will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday to hear arguments in board candidate Michael Carroll’s objections to D135 board incumbent Tom Cunningham’s petitions to run for re-election in April.
Caroll objected to Cunningham’s petitions because he also filed to run for Moraine Valley Community College’s Board of Trustees in April, and said the two offices are incompatible.
Cunningham disagreed with the assertion and still plans to run for both boards.
D135 board president John Carmody, secretary Tina Zekich and member Lynne Donegan will serve as the electoral board for the objection hearing.
The hearing will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at the D135 administration center, 15100 94th Ave.
Look at the attached meeting agenda for more information.
Orland Park Patch’s live blog through Cover It Live will provide minute-by-minute updates from the meeting on this page starting at 6 p.m. Look in the Cover It Live window above, and you’ll see an area where you can join in and offer your comments and questions. The same rules apply as on finished articles on the site.
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