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Bako Agrees to Pay Restitution

Elizabeth Bako of Grayslake is set to appear in court Dec. 19.

Elizabeth Bako of Grayslake.
Elizabeth Bako of Grayslake.
Elizabeth S. Bako of Grayslake has agreed in court to pay $10,000 in restitution to the Frederick School PTO, the Daily Herald reported.

Bako is charged with two counts of felony theft, one for theft of $10,000 to $100,000 and the other for theft of $500 to $10,000. She has also been charged with two counts of unlawful purchase with a credit or debit card, according to the Lake County Circuit Clerk's Office.

The incidents allegedly occurred between April 2011 and May 2012 while Bako was serving as treasurer of the Frederick School PTO. The Grayslake resident pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Dec. 5, 2012. 

Bako is set to appear in court Dec. 19, according to the Daily Herald.
Elizabeth December 06, 2013 at 09:09 PM
That's not Elizabeth "Lisa" Bako
Parent December 06, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Wow, Patch, really?? That's not Elizabeth Bako...
Korrina Grom (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I apologize about that! I grabbed the wrong photo from the archives.
HM December 07, 2013 at 11:47 AM
It would seem from the charges that she stole more than $10,000 though admittedly, I do not know the exact amount. While recouping $10K would be great, shouldn't she return the entire amount she stole? And does this mean she will have to change her not guilty plea?
Volunteers December 07, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Good thing you now get the picture right. You want to get sued. Do your job it's not that hard to post the right picture. If you can't be accurate you should be fired!
Parent December 07, 2013 at 10:40 PM
She will have to also plead guilty. Then she meets with the judge who will decide how much more money, if any, she will have to pay back.
David Able December 09, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I have heard that Elizabeth told the judge that she doesn't have the money to pay back Frederick. As a neighbor of the Bako family, didn't they just install an in-ground swimming pool this summer?
Mari December 09, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I am so done with her.... She wants to plea NOW, after several court dates wasting money!!!!! I seriously hope she gets ordered to pay back all she has stolen from the CHILDREN and packs up and moves out of town.
Vern grable December 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM
First of all, this is one of the nicest, kind hearted people I know. Second, the pool this wonderful family put UP, is an above ground, do it yourself version that can be purchased at Walmart or any other superstore. (David, I like how you added "as a neighbor of the Bako family" to try to make your ridiculous, slanderous statement seem credible.). I have been in this (The Bako's) neighborhood since before most of you were even born.
Volunteers December 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Aren't most con artists "nice"? That's how they get away with it. We all thought she was, but she's a thief of the worst kind. Using her fake kindness to steal from children and the commuity.
HM December 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Vern, being kind and nice on the surface does not diminish what Ms. Bako did. She hurt 5th and 6th grade students, the parents who donated thousands of dollars (tens of thousands, actually) on behalf of those students, and the public trust. She has apparently offered to pay it back, so one can only assume she is guilty. I do not know what circumstances led her to stealing, but the fact that she installed ANY pool while these charges were in place continues to display her lack of good judgment. Above ground pools range from $1000 to over $5000, and you have to add in the heater, chemicals, and all accessories. Whatever she spent on that should have first gone back to the people she stole from. Shame on her. And I do live in the neighborhood, and watched in utter disbelief as that pool was installed. I keep wanting to give her the benefit of the doubt, but her actions clearly show that she has no idea how wrong her actions were. I used to say the same thing you did- that she is a kind person. But now I would not care if she went to jail. She stole from children, thumbed her nose at the community by dragging out the legal process and installing a swimming pool, and now says she may not have enough money to pay the school back. My sympathy ran out awhile ago.
Vern grable December 11, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I cannot believe I let myself get into a back and forth , but here it goes. According to the neighbors that have been in the pool, it was a work bonus gift, has no heater, deck or landscaping. You can't have it both ways. Either you want her to "stop wasting time" and accept the plea that has finally been offered or not. Someone with "fake kindness" does not bring meals to their elderly neighbor for years and then stay by his side to make sure his final wishes are carried out when his family did not step up to the plate. There was nothing to be gained here except friendship. Even if a plea is accepted, the actual restitution amount is still not determined until the hearing with the judge. You do realize it could be more or even significantly less than the $10K.
Elizabeth December 11, 2013 at 02:57 PM
The following is a quote from Lisa Bako from right here on the Patch, May 20, 2011. "...sometimes even good people make mistakes or errors in judgement. When this happens, those people have to pay the price or suffer the consequence of their actions. I tell them (her kids) to listen to their conscience and they will most likely make the right choices. I tell them (her kids) to think of others, don't be mean, selfish or hurtful." Lisa Made a HUGE mistake, and a rather large error in judgement. Is she a good person? To you, Vern, I have no doubt. All around, she is not. She stole from the PTO funds. Thousands, upon thousands of dollars, Lisa took. Her lawyer said she will be paying money back, which is in itself, admitting she took the money. The next court date, she will hopefully admit it, or the trial will come in January and everyone will get a chance to see what transpired. She has to pay the price (repaying as much money as she took, hopefully) and/or suffer the consequence of her actions. Many would like to see her in jail. I don't, her kids need her. What other consequence is there?
claire December 11, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Vern, do you hear/ see yourself writing? This women is nothing but a common thief. She stole money from children? Nobody cares if she is "nice/kind" ? All cons tempt to be. Believe me as a person with family law members the cons are mostly nice " kind" as you call her. At the end she is still just a thief! I can't believe you would even use the words " kind, nice, always there for you kind of person" stop embarrassing yourself and except what she really is.
Mari December 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Vern, I appreciate you trying to defend Lisa, however you might want to be sure her " kindness" is not a tactic to get close to you and your family to rob you blind. They do call cons " artists" for a reason. I sure hope she is not taking advantage of you since you seem to be a kind person with a good heart. Just the type of person she would consider to embezzle, or just plain steal from. Keep your guard up and don't mistake kindness for opportunity. She may of bought the meal she provided with money from your bank account.
Mari December 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM
GUILTY by her own admission!!!! Finally! Pay it back and pack it up! Please take your pool with you!
Volunteers December 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Patch come on and update. After wasting tax payers funds and cleaning out the PTO account she finally told the partial truth and said guilty. Please move now we don't want people who steal from kids in our community. She should be shamed! GROSS! Finally the truth will come out through her calculated lies.

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