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Letter To The Editor: Sue Facklam, In Her Own Words

District 46 school board member Sue Facklam says she will remain on the board, despite the fallout from an investigation by the State's Attorney's office.

Nov. 18, 2011

I have been a resident of Grayslake for nearly 20 years and the mother of 3 boys who attended the Grayslake schools. Over that period of time, I have been deeply involved in many ways with the Grayslake community schools.

I am particularly proud of my contributions on the District 46 boundary committee, District 127 discipline committee and the parent advisory committee at Grayslake Central. I have also been very involved with the Avon PTF and helped run the joint Meadowview and Avon Market Day for many years.

I was surprised and saddened by the allegations that were made against me. Over the past few months, attorneys and investigators of the Lake County States Attorney’s office looked into allegations that I gave gift cards to induce people to register to vote and concluded no further action was necessary. I am very happy that they have decided to end this matter. However, 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. As a long-time resident of Grayslake and a 3-term board member, I am committed to making the education of the children in our district my top priority and will continue to stand up against issues that I believe are detrimental to the school district and our children. Therefore, I will continue to serve our constituents as an elected board member for Community Consolidated School District 46.

Sue Facklam

School Board member CCSD # 46

4GirlsNoBoys November 22, 2011 at 09:20 PM
No, that's not correct. Michael Carbone did not commit a crime. But Sue Facklam committed a felony.
Sully November 22, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Tim, you totally missed the point of my hypothetical situation. Of course this would never happen. I was giving an extreme example to illustrate that in real life, not all things are equal.
Rich November 22, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Good to hear the sane voice of Hal. This is a bad situation. Carbone broke the law but he is a friend of the 46 detractors so they did not ask for an investigation of him. He was censured but he was not investigated by the states attorney. Hence no finding of whether he could be charged or not. There are many ways to look at service on a board. The best way is to see them as entrusted to make the best decisions based on more perfect inputs from all sources. Not as represntatives of the public that may not have access to all the information or inputs. When elections come up, we, the people vote on past records or what the candidates say they will do. That is why there is such disappointment in Shannon. Homer for one thought she would have an open mind and not follow Kip and Carbone and their tea party mantras. Oh well. There will be another election. Now for some hot chocolate. With Schnapps!
Sully November 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Oh, that sounds goood!
An Beal Bocht January 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It is very hard to stand as a public figure today. However if you do something wrong step down. Very simple. You had your chance. Now give it to someone else. If you are angry then get up and run for election yourself.

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