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Frederick PTO Treasurer Charged With Felony Theft

Former Frederick School PTO treasurer Elizabeth Bako has been charged with felony theft of PTO funds, according to a story posted by the Lake County-News Sun.

According to a story posted by the Lake County News-Sun, Elizabeth Bako, 40, of Grayslake, allegedly took more than $10,000 from the Frederick School PTO while acting as treasurer.

She is free on $2,500 bond pending an Oct. 18 court appearance, according to the Lake County News-Sun.

Grayslake District 46 Supt. Ellen Correll told Patch the district has no comment on the charges at this time because it is "still under investigation."

According to the Lake County News-Sun, the Bako arrest was made following a long, on-going investigation.

Tell us what you think under comments.

Lennie Jarratt September 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The leadership running the district is completely self indulgent and is using the district as it's own jobs program for friends and family. Their actions show their priorities are not about the education of the children. It is not a surprise that a supporter of the district administration also thought they were above the law given the lack of prosecution in 2 criminal cases thus far.
GoBlue September 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Lennie, Not sure what your comment has to do with the issue of stealing funds from PTO. It is not the district's fault, the board’s fault or anyone else’s fault if a PTO member, decides to be dishonest. This is not a reflection on CCSD 46. I agree that there are changes that need to be made and obviously the board needs fresh blood, as it is too contentious an environment to get anything accomplished. It would simply be nice if you did not use every article listed on Patch, as an opportunity to attack the CSD 46 administration.
Lennie Jarratt September 14, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Corruption breeds more corruption. Until this administration is cleaned up, you will continue to see more articles like this. It's inevitable. If you'd like to see all these articles to stop, I expect you will be at the next board meeting asking that contracts not be renewed, resignations and a thorough and complete review by the State's Atty. It's the right thing to do for our children's future. You stated, "It would simply be nice if you did not use every article listed on Patch, as an opportunity to attack the CSD 46 administration." I don't, so you can be happy about that.
GoBlue September 14, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I guess we can agree to disagree. The onus of this act if proven to be true is on Elizabeth and not the administration. Let us stop passing the buck. The administration has issues, we all know this. That does not give anyone carte blanche to do whatever they please. People who want to commit heinous acts will do so regardless of what is going on in the environment around them. Therefore the CCSD 46 administration and board issues have no bearing on this story, and as far as I am concerned it is a stretch to connect the two.
fedup September 14, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I have a feeling based on your borish daily comments that have no contact with regular folks who do regular things like - volunteer in the schools. If you did, you would know that these are strictly volunteers and that they run their organization separate from "district administration" (not sure who that blanket really covers). These funds that the PTOs raise are very helpful to the teachers, current students now and to any future students. That is why this is such a tragic story. If proven true would end up costing the school almost as much as you reems of paper and man hours you waste on the FOIA. Get a job Jarratt and leave the real community work to those that care.
Nightcrawler September 14, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Lennie - Would you please, please learn how to use "its" and "it's" correctly? It's "its" when it's possessive, e.g. "its own jobs program," and only "it's" when it's possessive, as in "it's driving me up a wall that you set such lousy example." And that goes for everybody else on this board, too. Sorry, but I just can't take it anymore.
Lennie Jarratt September 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Hey @nightcrawler, I see you are taking over for @Sully as the Grammar Police. I guess you can blame it on my public school education.
Nightcrawler September 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Hey, when it comes to grammar, Sully's as bad as you are. I'm like my 7th grade English teacher: merciless.
catalina10 September 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Innocent until proven guilty but it sure doesn't look good. Very sad indeed.
Interested parent September 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Lenni, Jarret, you need to stop being a fire starter. Have you ever served on a PTO Board? I have, I am. I'm highly offended by your comments. If you don't have anything productive to add to these articles, you should err on the side of quiet. And if you have no proof, stop yelling that the sky is falling.
Concerned D46 Prnt September 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The PTO has nothing to do with A/C in the other schools. They simply raise $ for activities at that particular school. The brick pillars is the Village, not the School Board. On another note, the PTO has nothing to do with taxes and those increases. . .again, that is the Village. . .I really hope this all works out in the favor of Ms. Bako because volunteering on these PTO's is a lot of work. We have to remember that this is still being investigated, according to the comment of E. Correll, so we do need to assume innocent until proven guilty. I do have to say, the article that was printed in the News Sun to which the Patch is referencing was very one sided and not backed by any police or State information - simply an unnamed source. . .I realize she was arrested, but that can be on simple probable cause that there was an issue with the books and she was the treasurer. A lot of people can have access to a PTO bank account. If they only had one name on the account, then shame on them for allowing that. . .again, I hope this all works out. It will be interesting to see what develops.
Tim Froehlig September 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Concerned parent: As a reporter myself, you are correct to say that someone is innocent until proven guilty. Having said that, let me also explain that sometimes there are things the arresting agencies share with the media that is not made privy to the public for fear it could jeapordize their case. If the police or the author of the article did not see firsthand evidence or feel there was overwhelming evidence, the author would not have written it the way she did, I'm certain, being quite familiar with her work. So all I will say is if this is somehow false, she will have every right to pursue legal action against the newspaper who printed it. From years of experience, however, let me say that these reporters and editors at that paper have never in my experience put themselves in that position, and I seriously doubt they would start doing so now without having has some sort of information shared with them that was not printed in the article. So to say it was not backed by any police information is almost certainly not true, even if you weren't privy to it personally. Just explaining. Thanks.
Concerned D46 Prnt September 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Good to know. Thanks for the insight.
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