Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hillside Police Chief Applauds Proviso Bus Program!!!

The Proviso Insider web log received an email at provisoinsider@hotmail.com from Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch sharing some positive words from Hillside Police Chief Joe Lukaszek about the new Proviso Bus program. Here's parts of the email:

On Behalf of the Hillside Police department I would like to extend our thanks to your efforts in establishing a transportation system at Proviso West High School. This service has reduced the traffic both in the morning and afternoon hours alleviating congestion in the surrounding streets of Proviso West High School. We here in Hillside have seen a dramatic decrease in after school activity involving rowdy youths which unfortunately is only representative of their age. We have also seen a dramatic drop in truant students walking around in the morning hours around the streets of Hillside. It is my understanding that this effort had been an ongoing project by both the administration of the schools and the school board itself. We here in Hillside applaud your efforts in making the school day that much safer for both your students and our residents alike.


Chief Lukaszek

Joseph M Lukaszek
Chief of Police
Hillside Police Department
425 Hillside Ave
Hillside, Il 60162

Friday, March 20, 2009

Proviso Herald Reports On Race For Lindop Board...

More community involvement and providing more resources for students are some of the issues candidates expressed in their bid for a seat on Lindop Elementary District 92 School Board.

Those running are incumbents Penny Williams Wolford, Tonya Powell and Andrew Rouse with Naema Nunnery and Ida O'Neal also vying for the three seats up for election.

Wolford, 41, has lived in Broadview 19 years and was appointed to the School Board two years ago.

"I feel like as a community member, parent and especially and advocate for students with disabilities I can be an asset to the School Board," she said.

Wolford has attended Illinois Association of School Boards and National Association of School Boards seminars and meetings and says she has gained a lot of knowledge.

"I gained some valuable knowledge to help our school thrive," she said.

She has two children who have graduated from Lindop and her son, who has autism, is receiving services through the school.

If elected, her goal is to be an advocate for students with disabilities and making Lindop Elementary School a household name.

"I want to use the policy to drive Lindop into a Blue Ribbon school and put Lindop on the map so that our children will be able to compete in this global society," she said.

Rouse, 37, has lived in Broadview 10 years and was the board about 18 months ago. He said he brings a different perspective to the board.

"I have a level head and I'm not biased," he said. "I'm the kind of person that points out the things we shouldn't do and when we need to keep focus."

If elected he wants to try to get funds so all the students have their own laptop computer.

"I want to help the students focus on math and science," he said.

He has two children who attend the school and wants to make sure that the various organizations in the village such as the library and park district work together with the school.

Powell, 38, has lived in Broadview for 15 years and is the longest serving member on the board. Her main goal, if re-elected is to make sure teachers stay with the school.

"I just want it to be more consistent and keeping administrators in tact and on board," he said. "It is about children and it's a new day and change is here. There have been drastic changes within the last couple of years with teacher turnover."

She has two children who attend Lindop and says she's passionate about helping the students succeed.

"I'm very dedicated and the children are my heart," she said. "If we don't educate them now they will be lost in the future."

Nunnery, 36, has been on Lindop's PTO Board for five years but wanted to effect more change. That's why she decided to run for a seat.

"I just wanted to get involved in the School Board and effect change and make a difference," she said. "I just want to make sure our children are given all the opportunities afforded to them. Make sure our school becomes the pillar of the community."

She has two children who attend the school and has lived in the village for six years. If elected she said she would make sure administrators are held accountable and the school is using its resources in the best way possible.

Nunnery doesn't take anything away from the achievements the current board has made.

"I do think they are doing a good job, but I'd like to effect a better change and I can only do that by being a part of the School Board," she said.

O'Neal is running as an independent, but did not respond to repeated attempts to contact her.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Proviso Herald Reports on SD88 Board Race...

David Pollard reported this week on the race for four seats on the Bellwood SD88 Board. Take a read:

Candidates running to fill four Bellwood Elementary District 88 School Board seats all say that education over politics is the priority and it will be implemented if elected.

Ronald Anderson, one of four incumbents, is part of a slate called "Education First Party" made up of three newcomers: Patricia Crawford, Beverly Graham and Leakey Shearill. Anderson said if their slate is elected they will lead by example.

"Our educational background and resumes compared to any other candidates are second to none," he said.

Taking the politics out of running the school district is another pledge he and his running mates stand by.

"If we can eliminate the politics in the district, construction and Stone Park drama, we can increase teacher pay," he said.

He says increasing teacher pay is one of their priorities and believes it would increase student performance. He said the recidivism of teachers in the district is high due to the district's pay.

"We're one of the lowest paying school district's in the state and we're focusing on construction, hooking buddies up and things of that sort," he said. "If you pay teachers right they are going to volunteer after school more. When I was going to school at McKinley Elementary School (in Bellwood) we had way more (afterschool) programs."

He said veteran School Board member's time to make changes in the district has come and gone, pointing out an opponent, Marilyn Thurman.

"Thurman has been on the board 16 years," he said. "We will put education over politics that has deprived our kids of a quality education for the past 16 years."

Marilyn Thurman, who is one of four candidates who make up "Team 88" slate, consisting of fellow board member Maria Castrejon and newcomers Drena Lanier and Dorothy Smith, a member of Bellwood Library Board.

She said her experience on the board has nothing to do with the problems that exist and started when Anderson and others joined the School Board.

"That's a shame," she said. "If you go back eight years that was when we were financially stable. We had more programs back in the district like Saturday tutoring."

She says Team 88 is about education.

"I believe we have the interest of the school district at heart," she said. "I have confidence in these ladies and they are not out for political gain but here for the children."

If re-elected her focus would be getting the children up to par in terms of performance in the classroom.

"My focus right now is our special ed population," she said. "We need to get kids mainstreamed into regular education."

She also says there has been an increase in the district in terms of students who are homeless or unable to afford uniforms.

She said if she had it her way the school year would be extended.

"I'd like to see a longer school year," he said. "They are out so long in the summer. We give our kids too much idle time."

Despite her detractors, the 21-year Bellwood resident has seen the good and the bad in the district and believes her slate will improve the district.

"I haven't given up that dream," she said. "I know we can do better than what we're doing."

Althea Busby, an incumbent, wants to run for a second four-year term because she believes there are some things she started that have yet to be completed.

"We've never discussed things about curriculum and it's time to focus in on curriculum," she said.

If re-elected she would like to see more educational programs in the school that would be more attractive to students. Busby has lived in Bellwood 20 years and says she has no big financial backers for her campaign and that it's grassroots with family and friends helping her out.

She says if re-elected she would have one main goal.

"I want to do what's best for the children," she said. "I do have my own agenda, educating the children of Bellwood. "

Avery Malik Thurman was unavailable for comment after repeated attempts to contact him.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Early Voting Starts Today!!!

Early voting starts today and ends April 2 for the April 7 consolidated elections. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Polling places in Proviso Township are:

Bellwood Village Hall, 3200 Washington Blvd.
Melrose Park Village Hall, 1000 N. 25th Ave.
Whitcomb Building (near Maywood Courthouse), 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 109
Here's information from the Cook County Clerk's Office:

The April 7 election is both a consolidated general election -- with more than 3,000 village, school and township candidates on the ballot -- and a special general election to fill the 5th Congressional District seat left vacant by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Those choosing to vote early do not need to provide a reason or excuse. Early voters are required to display valid identification before voting, such as a current driver's license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued photo ID.

Once a voter has participated in Early Voting, they cannot change their ballot or vote on Election Day. For more information about Early Voting or to confirm your voter registration, visit www.voterinfonet.com.

Recommendations for Bellwood SD88, Proviso High School District 209 and Township are as follows:

For Bellwood SD88:
Ronald C. Anderson 186
Patricia Crawford 187
Beverly Graham 188
LeKeya Sherrill 189

For Proviso High School District 209:
Emanuel "Chris" Welch 201
Reatha "Sue" Henry 202
Daniel J. Adams 203
Brian M. Cross 204

For Proviso Township:

Township Supervisor Proviso
Vote for

Michael A. Corrigan 81

Township Clerk Proviso
Vote for

Readith Ester 83

Township Assessor Proviso
Vote for

Steven J. Zawaski 85

Proviso Township Collector

Vote for

Eric R. Sawchuk 87

Township Trustee 4-Yr Proviso
Vote for 4

Don Sloan 89
Timothy Gillian 90
Anthony "Tony" Williams 91
Mari Herrell 92

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Joseph Cross, Father Of PTHS Board Member Brian Cross, has Died...

Joseph P. "Joe" Cross, Sr., age 78, native of Limerick, Ireland, of Berkeley, retired employee of People’s Gas, former member of the Limerick Pipe Band, Shannon Rovers Pipe Band and the 3rd Division Army Band, and Avid Golfer at Bartlett Hills Golf Club; beloved husband and Childhood Sweetheart of Mary Ann "Maisie", nee Murphy; loving father of John, Joe (Liz), Mary Ann and Brian (the late Sandy); loving grandfather of Jack, Michael, Anna and Kennedy Catherine; cherished brother of of Bety and Kathleen and the late John; devoted son of John and Catherine, nee Noonan; fond uncle of Ginny (John) Detterbeck and Barbara (Kevin) Hogan and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Joe’s family wants to extend a special thanks to the staff at LUMC, especially Dr. Thomas McKiernan and Nurse Mary O’Looney for their kindness and care. Visitation Wednesday, 3:00 p.m .until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, 8:15 a.m. until time of funeral 9:15 a.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. at St. Domitilla Catholic Church, Hillside. Interment Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kennedy Catherine Cross Trust Fund, Chase Bank, 11211 W. Cermak, Westchester, IL 60154. For funeral information please call 1-630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Education First Party and Students First Party Announce Grand Opening!!!

The candidates of the Education First Party for Bellwood School District 88, and the candidates of the New Students First Party for Proviso High School have announced the Grand Opening of their campaign office at 5101 St. Charles Road in Bellwood, Illinois. The event will take place on March 21, 2009 from 1pm-4pm and residents can meet and greet the candidates. The candidates of the Education First Party are Ronald C. Anderson, Patricia Crawford, Beverly Graham, and Lekeya Shearill. The candidates of the New Students First Party are Emanuel "Chris" Welch, Reatha "Sue" Henry, Daniel J. Adams, and Brian Cross. More information can be found at www.education1stparty.com or www.newstudentsfirstparty.com.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Chris Welch Keynotes Maywood Rotary Club Luncheon!!!

The Proviso Insider weblog has learned that Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch was the keynote speaker at the Maywood Rotary Club Luncheon on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Welch spoke to the organization and fielded numerous questions. Among those in attendance were Maywood Mayor Henderson Yarbrough, Trustees Gary Woll and Audrey Jaycox, and Deputy Police Chief Brian Black. Trustee Jaycox also spoke to the group. Reports from those in attendance say Welch and his message were received quite well.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Employees Being Pressured To Donate To Board Members' Campaign In Bellwood SD88!!!

Sources tell the Proviso Insider weblog that employees in Bellwood SD88 are being pressured to donate to incumbent board member Marilyn Thurman's campaign for re-election. Sources say supporters of board member Thurman are strong arming principals to purchase at least one ticket to an upcoming event, and at least one principal is about to fight back with a lawsuit in court. Thurman, a 16 year board member in the district, is primarily responsible for the district's slide in recent years. More kids have gone on to high school reading at 3rd, 4th and 5th grade level than in school history. Is it time to put Education over politics and dump Thurman?

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Maywoodian Chuck Baxter Running Bellwood Schools!!!

Sources tell the Proviso Insider that Maywoodian Charles "Chuck" Baxter is the man running Bellwood SD88. According to sources, Superintendent Kyle Hastings regularly meets with Baxter and Board member Marilyn Thurman to get his marching orders. The most recent meeting occurred today, March 4, 2009 at Portillo's Hot Dog stand on Roosevelt and Des Plaines in Forest Park. Thurman, a 16 year board member, and Baxter, a Maywood resident, are the main reasons for SD88's educational decline. They have frequently put Politics over Education, and continued to do so when they lead the hiring of inexperienced Kyle Hastings to be Superintendent. Thurman is up for re-election in April 2009 and should be ousted!

Proviso Board Member Dan Adams Celebrates 43rd Birthday!!!

Proviso School Board Vice President Dan Adams is celebrating his 43rd birthday. Adams, a member of the Proviso Board since 2001, is hosting a celebration at Tom's Steakhouse in Melrose Park tonight from 6p to 8p. Adams is asking that anyone wishing to attend the event donate $43.00 for 43 years to the New Students First Party. To learn more about Dan and his colleagues who are all running for re-election, visit their campaign website at www.newstudentsfirstparty.com.

Quigley Takes The 5th In Close Contest!!!

County Commissioner Mike Quigley, considered one of the three front-runners for the 5th District Congressional nomination, won the Democratic vote in the primary election Tuesday.

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Quigley had 10,977 votes with 95 percent of the district’s 486 precincts reporting. State Reps. John Fritchey, D-11th, and Sara Feigenholtz, D-12th, trailed with 8,670 and 7,908, respectively. Quigley spokesman Billy Weinberg cautiously claimed victory at about 8 p.m. — an hour after the polls closed.

“Things are looking very, very good. It matches what we were seeing earlier: People responding to his message of reform and change,” Weinberg said.

And while Quigley’s willingness to “stand up to Stroger” contributed to his popularity, “it’s less about standing up to John or Todd Stroger for the past 10 years than standing for a certain set of ideas and principles, the ideas of honest and open government, transparency and accountability,” he added.

Also running in the Democratic race for the seat vacated by Rahm Emanuel, now President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, were three doctors — Paul Bryar, Carlos Monteagudo, and Victor Forys; Chicago Ald. Patrick O’Connor, labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan, former Navy pilot Jan Donatelli, economist Charlie Wheelan, and newcomers Frank Annunzio, grand-nephew of the longtime North Side state representative, and Gary Capparelli, son of retired state Rep. Ralph Capparelli.

For the Republican nomination, Rosanna Pulido led with 695 votes. Advocating immigration control and gun owner rights, Illinois Minuteman militia founder campaigned on a shoestring budget.

She was trailed by real estate dealer Tom Hanson (568 votes), lawyer Gregory Bedell (457), electronic products developer David Anderson (535), retired pro wrestler-turned motivational speaker Jon Stewart (260), and Daniel Kay, a self-described “entrepreneur” and crusader against mandatory motorcycle helmet laws (235 votes.)

For the Green Party, peace activist Matt Reichel led with 152 votes; Deb Leticia Gordils, Northwest Side Chicago businesswoman who wanted to “bail out the people rather than the banks” got 142. Also running were financial analyst Mark Arnold Frederickson, statistician and management consultant Alan Augustson, and kindergarten teacher Simon Ribeiro.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Vote For Sara Feigenholtz For 5th Congressional District!!!

The race to replace Congressman Rahm Emanuel in the 5th Congressional District heads to the polls on March 3, 2009, and the best choice for Proviso Township residents is Sara Feigenholtz. Don't forget to vote.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Mr. Welch Meets With Mrs. Yarbrough!!!

A historic meeting of once political rivals took place on Saturday, February 28, 2009between Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch and State Representative Karen A. Yarbrough. Yarbrough, who doubles as the Proviso Township Democratic Committeeman, invited Welch to speak to the Proviso Organization, and Welch accepted. According to those in attendance, the meeting that occurred in Broadview was well attended by those anxious to see the two Proviso leaders come together. Welch appeared with fellow Proviso Board members Brian Cross and Robin Foreman. He was also joined by Bellwood SD88 Board members Ronald Anderson and Daphene Walker. Welch, Cross and Anderson are all seeking terms for re-election and all spoke to the organization and fielded a range of questions. One source who attended the meeting say Welch and Yarbrough hugged and exchanged pleasantries. Yarbrough says the Proviso Democratic Organization will not endorse any candidates in the upcoming local elections.