D46 Board Member Facing More Fallout From Ethics Violations

Board member Kip Evans requests that Sue Facklam be removed from committees in which she represents D46. A vote is expected at the Jan. 18 meeting.

Sue Facklam already has been censured by the  school board, but she is still experiencing fallout over an investigation by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office that revealed she violated the state’s election code by giving high school students gift cards for registering to vote for her in the April 2011 school board elections.

While her conduct constituted a Class 4 felony, the state’s attorney’s office declined to prosecute. She later was censured by the . A couple of board members called for her resignation, but Facklam refused to step down.

In a letter to Patch, Facklam stated:

“I strongly disagree with their opinion that I broke the law. I did not do anything wrong by giving two $5 gift cards that I already had to a family friend and her friend. The gift cards were not given in exchange for anything.”

Facklam also said she was proud of her contributions on the D46 boundary committee, D127 discipline committee and the parent advisory committee of Grayslake Central High School, and that she would continue to serve the students and community.


Though board meetings have been relatively quiet since the November censure, the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 4 brought a new outcry.

Board member Kip Evans requested Facklam be removed from any committees in which she serves as representative of the district, including the . Evans also wants Facklam removed as board secretary.

“I am speaking for myself,” said Evans. “She doesn’t represent me, and I’d like to see the positions she holds given to others.”

Facklam had no comment.

Evans also criticized that the board’s vote to censure Facklam at a meeting he did not attend was essentially meaningless.

“What the heck does that mean?” Evans asked of the censure. “We didn’t even slap her hand.”

A vote on whether to remove Facklam from her committees and reassign the duties to other board members is expected to be on the Jan. 18 agenda. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at .

Sully January 05, 2012 at 12:14 PM
How fun it must be to be a part of the D46 Board of Education!
LMJ January 05, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I am glad the Patch was there to cover this story. They did not send another reporter to cover the Zion-Benton forum last night, where parents, teachers, and citizens voiced their concerns about the teacher's strike that begins today at the High School.
Sully January 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What's your point, Lisa?
Brad Faxton January 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Zion-benton <> grayslake. VTB.
Nightcrawler January 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Please translate, Brad. I'm not up on texting lingo, or whatever code you're using.
Brad Faxton January 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Sully is right - what was Lisa's point? None what so ever. So, In math, '<>' means not equal to. Therefore Zion-benton area is not equal to grayslake, therefore her comments were simple a waste of bandwidth and time. This article is clearly about GL. This would be like me making a remark about a teacher in Chicago public schools who refuses to teach Rocket Math. "VTB" is a somewhat sarcastic (maybe smartass - we can discuss if you like) remark and is short for "Vote to ban". Silly absurd comments which are not on-topic at all shouldn't be written. JMHO (Just my humble opinion).
Nightcrawler January 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thanks, Brad. I actually do get the JMHO, and someday I'll catch on to the rest. As for the Zion-Benton situation, I'll venture a guess that LMJ would like to see coverage because a) she believes teachers' strikes are something no one can afford, especially in b) one of the very few areas in Illinois with school tax rates as high or higher than ours. And if I'm wrong, I'm sure she'll correct me. Nice to have a story on D46 again, eh?
LMJ January 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
My apologies. I didn't realize that there was a Zion Patch, that Grayslake Unions had nothing to do with Zion-Benton Unions, and that the Grayslake Patch only covered Grayslake. Thanks for clearing that up.
Softball Jim January 05, 2012 at 10:39 PM
SMH @ LMJ, Gee what a suprise, just after the first meeting of 2012 and the Patch and Daily Herald come out with negative stories about D46. Can't say I am suprised. How about we focus on another taxing body for awhile. How about the lawsuit against Avon Township for the political firings of three or four employess, that looks like it will cost us tax payer over 400K. How about we discuss Kip Evans 500K home on Alleghany Rd? You know the one he pays for with his retired teacher's pension? Hmm Discuss ! ! ! ROFLMAO
LMJ January 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Sully January 06, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Again Lisa, what is your point?
Brad Faxton January 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Zion-benton <> grayslake. VTB. Please stay on topic - this story has ***NOTHING*** to do with D46.
Sully January 06, 2012 at 11:58 PM
What? Huh? How can this be? Teachers are just in it for the money! http://thinkprogress.org/education/2012/01/06/399373/teachers-work-free-budget-cuts/
LMJ January 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM
http://grayslake.patch.com/articles/dold-democratic-challengers-make-case#photo-8840717 Perhaps you were wrong.
Sully January 08, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Lisa, one more time- what is your point?


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