As the evidence mounts on the insider politics, the unethical behavior, the criminal activity and the use of taxpayer resources in electioneering in Grayslake D46, there is one person who has stood out as an example of a true public servant. This person is School Board Member Michael Carbone. Not only has he taken much personal bashing, name calling during his tenure, he has been the target of smear campaigns. The most egregious attempt was when the board censured Michael Carbone in March 2011, just a few weeks before the school board election.
To give you a history of the events and why the censure was a political smear campaign.
- The notice of the censure was sent to the teachers in the district along with jokes about the fun they were going to have at the meeting.
- The censure named a school board candidate that was supported by Michael Carbone
- FOIA discovered the use of taxpayer resources to sway the election. These FOIAs have led to the following:
- Reprimand of Superintendent Ellen Correll
- Board President use of taxpayer resources sent to the Cook County State's Attorney
- Lake County State's Attorney concluding School Board member Sue Facklam committed at least 2 felonies. Board member Sue Facklam censured because of this.
- More ethics violations sent to Lake County State's Attorney, investigation involved: Superintendent Ellen Correll, Board members Ray Millington, Sue Facklam, Karen Weinert, Former board member and district consultant Mike Linder, Teacher Union President Diane Elfering, PSRP Union President Christine Wilson, and several staff members.
- Grayslake D46 Schools went to court to prove they can legally lie about anyone with impunity.
- Received a letter from the Illinois Attorney General stating there was no evidence for the censure.
- Open Meetings violations and ongoing investigation into the improper discussion and deceptive planning to hire then Board President Mike Linder.