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

Lookaroundyou November 20, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Until there is a CLEAR plan of action, then she should stay on the board. There has been a raging battle for some time between the members of the board. The rage will continue whether she is there or not. However, with her gone, the scales will be of balance and the new members will get whatever they want. The children of district 46 will suffer. Count on that.
Lookaroundyou November 20, 2011 at 10:37 PM
And also, will Mr. Carbone be relieved of his spot on the board also? Afterall, he was censured for his behavior earlier. There are now two people on the board who apparently committed crimes correct? If one goes, then the other should go at the same time.
HM November 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM
She committed a felony. I don't care if it is $5 gift cards or $5,000 gift cards. Wrong is wrong. Sue was also dishonest to this community in her lack of candor while withholding the opinion of the States Attorney's office more the two months after she received it. All of that, coupled with the emails that are quite clear, make me question not only her honesty, but her integrity and character as well. Sue - Do us all a favor and step down. Please. If your claims of wanting what is in the best intersts of our students are at all true, then you need to leave, and the sooner the better. Unfortunately, based on your character and lack of integrity, I do not belive for one second that you truly want what is best for this community. Your only interst is yourself.
rich g November 21, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Pray for her children. Imagine the message her actions send to them. Lack of morals, lying, lack of dignity , and failure to accept responsibility for ones actions.
Lookaroundyou November 21, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Pray for more than Sue's children. There were two people censured. Two. Pray that both remove themselves from the board. Until that happens, then don't just condemn her. Both are in the same boat.
Tim Froehlig November 21, 2011 at 07:32 AM
I am so disgusted with the defiant tone of this letter that I can't even comment. Or perhaps I will as a D46 taxpayer and parent myself. This woman's disrespect for the law and the children of this school district's best interests speak for themselves. Facklam wrote to Garcia in an FOIA'd e-mail: “Don’t let them turn us in; Gifts to register to vote is probably illegal! I did offer Erika more gift cards if she can gather up more friends!" Gee, she did nothing wrong....? And worst of all this was an e-mail to, at the time, the school board's president, who also defiantly chose to ignore this crime as well. Yes, CRIME, which is exactly what the state's attorney's office called it despite thier decision to not take action. And then you have the nerve to say in this letter above, Sue: "...and will continue to stand up against issues that I believe are detrimental to the school district and our children." You serve the people who vote you into office ma'am. Which means you work for US, not for what YOU selfishly want. I would venture an educated guess at saying, based on the fact there is not one signle comment above supporting your position, that the majority of D46 voters want you to resign. It really shouldn't be up to you, Sue. And if you want to do what is best for the children of this district, as you claim, you will resign. The least you could have done is apologize to the taxpayers of this fine district, its families and teachers. You work for US.
Tim Froehlig November 21, 2011 at 07:34 AM
Let us not forget, in her e-mail she said she offered more gift cards, plural, as in mutliple additional gift cards, not just TWO as she claims above. I just clearly caught her in another lie in her own letter here based on HER own words.
Jerry Pech November 21, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Dear Tea Party Patriot: I can only assume you feel the same way about Joe Walsh. Illinois Compiled Statutes 750 ILCS 16 Non‑Support Punishment Act. Section 15(a)(4): A person commits the offense of failure to support when he or she willfully fails to pay a support obligation required under a court or administrative order for support, if the obligation has remained unpaid for a period longer than one year, or is in arrears in an amount greater than $20,000 and the person has the ability to provide the support is guilty of a Class 4 felony.
Terri November 21, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Don't worry about her children. They are fine men, respectable members of the community and clearly able to formulate appropriate opinions. You need to be worried about the children still in D46
Terri November 21, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Sir: Please understand that public employees do not work for you, and you are not their boss. You vote them in or out, to serve or not to serve; but you don't call the shots. That's not the way democracy works.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Boy Terri, do you have a lot to learn about the way democracy works, or was intended to work before everyone started doing what THEY want instead of what those who vote them in ask them to do. You are way off base and it does not change the fact this woman is lying. And yes, we ARE their bosses because we voted them into office. With all due respect, it is your kind of attitude that is the same exact reason politicians are currently ruining our great country. Because they are doing whatever THEY want instead of what the voters are asking them to do. Public employees who we elect do work for us. Who else are you suggesting they are working for? Hence the definition, "PUBLIC employee." If they were working for themselves they wouldn't have given the name "PUBLIC employee."
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Furthermore, I pay tax money into District 46, a lot of it. So for you to say that a public employee we elected into office - one who helps vote for or make every decision that affects my child - is not someone who works for me, the taxpayer, or the taxpayers of this district, is a completely incorrect statement, with all due respect. It is the same reason public employees and trustees and congresspeople and even firefighters and policemen are given oaths of office before they can work. Because they are PUBLIC employees, as you state. By your logic, because a fireman (or woman) is a public employee, when they are called out to a fire, they wouldn't have to go put it out as the public expects them to do, they could simply just ignore it, right? I hope you see how wrong your logic and statements are, Terri, no offense.
Sully November 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM
Tim- so if a plurality wants the school board to shut down 5 out of the 7 schools in the district for no good reason, the board should do it despite the detrimental effects? Yes, they represent the people, but that does not mean they do their bidding every time someone in the community comes up with a request.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:02 PM
How does your comment have anything to do with what I am talking about at all? What do you expect me to say, "Yeah sure, let's shut down 5 out of 7 school districts because the board hypothetically would want it, in your completely imaginary scenario?" Sorry, I'm not walking into your baited question. That's not going to happen. But if you must know, yes, that obviously, as you are aware, is how a democracy works. And if the majority of the school board would ever be foolish enough to do that (in your imaginary scenario), I highly doubt that the majority of residents would ever go along with it, which would effectively render your highly improbable scenario moot. And by the way, the government and people in office make decisions every day that are detrimental because they don't do what the voters ask of them. No one is saying that every decision a board makes is right, but you cannot change the fact that these are people elected to represent what the voters ask them to do. If they were to do such a thing, in your imaginary scenario, it is that very system of democracy-based checks and balances that allows taxpayers to vote them out the next time around. In the middle ages there was something called the inquisition....they made a lot of decisions that THEY thought were best for people.....do you hear me asking you ridiculous hypothetical questions that would almost certainly never happen and comparing the imaginary scenario to the inquisition? Seriously.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:16 PM
By the way, in your imaginary scenario Sully, if a plurality of people wanted something that they eventually found out was detrimental, that majority would have themselves to blame for supporting such foolish actions now wouldn't they? Generally speaking, people aren't stupid. While the majority doesn't always obviously make the right decisions, they more often than not do. So I ask you this: If those people aren't there to do what the people ask (which more often than not IS the right decision), then why the heck do we even bother to vote for a school board? And if the school board does what they want, instead of the will of the people in most cases, then why should we even bother having public comments at these meetings? What is the point of having a school board if they don't represnt the interests of those in the district? Are you telling me that these people shouldn't take input from the public? That's ridiclous....and again, your question is insulting in a way because it was completely baited and you know it was. Which, as I have repeatedly said in the past, is why I so infrequently post things here anymore. Heck, lets just make it a board that gets no public input, according to your unlikely scenario above....your scenario is like comparing apples and oranges. All I said was, generally speaking, because this IS a democracy, like it or not....these people were elected to represent us and the best interests of our kids. That's why they're ELECTED.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Lastly, no offense, but it seems that almost every time the school board has gotten itself into hot water or ethically based problems the past several years, or had any kind of controversy, it has almost always been because the board members decided to do what THEY wanted to do instead of what majority of the voters asked of them, in my opinion. And yet again, despite people (from what I can tell) overwhelmingly wanting Sue to resign, she chooses not to, which continues to be detrimental to the school board and this district. And if the people caught up in all these scandals had simply followed the existing rules, which the voters expect of them, and the ethical standards expected of them by VOTERS and the LAW, none of these things would have ever taken place either. So as I see it, it IS the stubbornness of those involved on the board in recent scandals who are the problem, not the voters who have elected them. My point being that just perhaps if the board stopped to listen to the voters instead of politicizing things, and asked voters what they wanted to do more often...maybe, just maybe, this school district would be even better than it already is. I know if I were on that school board I'd do a heck of a lot more listening to what people think is best, especially those who are involved with our kids on a day to day basis, and to those who voted me into office. This is OUR school district, not just the board's.
HAL E BERGER November 22, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Stop ooit folks --- They were not elected to represent any one individual or small group -- please get a life folks this is absurd to think that because someone elects to represent the public they are your servant. Poppycock!!! There are 10's of thousands of people just in Grayslake should they listen to each one? Impossible... Sometimes I think reading these notes that some of you have lost your perspective and are just angry. RUN FOR OFFICE next election that will get someone you don't like out. Here is what I found in my tenure, the biggest protestors rarely put there money where their mouth is. However, if you get out and put yourself out there you might find out if the community really agrees with you or not. I can say I don't agree with a lot of this activity and personal attacks and insults.
Terri November 22, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Tim: I'm sorry you don't understand the concept. If public employees truly worked for you, you'd sign their check, perform their evaluations and be able to fire them. You can't. They were elected by majority to serve you and everyone else; not work for you. If you don't feel you're being served, vote for someone else. Public employees are hired, report to and work for the government entities they were elected to. Tax dollars, not just yours, are allocated to support those entities. Public employees serve the public. If they did what an individual or small group of individuals...heck...a large group of individuals told them to, that would be the equivalent of the same corruption you're arguing here. We elect them with trust. If they violate it, we elect someone else.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Sully, I love how you try to make everything seem so black and white, so to speak, when we both know it isn't. Sometimes there's a grey area, and in theory, democracy was created under the assumption that a majority of people will more often than not come up with ideas that are better than just 1 or 2 people, or a handful of people. Show me any form of government that isn't flawed in some way? But in theory, yes, this board is supposed to work for the people because they are elected to do so. But for democracy to work, you cannot have people who abuse the system or conduct themselves in a way that completely undermines that process. And it is happening all around us, which is why people are so outraged at the board's current situation...Sue in particular at the moment. - "Democracy is "government of, by and for the people." - Abraham Lincoln
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Hey Terri, thanks for completely proving my point.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Then what is the point of voting Hal? Why do we have a school board election at all? Who are they elected to represent then, our grandparents or something? Geez. And as to your last paragraph, I don't think you have a clue how much time I (or others) have spent helping kids and schoolkids in my life, let alone my own child, so for you to suggest otherwise is way off base, not to mention the furthest thing from the truth. In fact, I am out there all the time doing things (some work related on this very site actually) that are beneficial to kids and not just this school district, but others as well.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 03:00 PM
And if all of your point were true, by the way, recall elections wouldn't exisit.
Tim Froehlig November 22, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I guess I'm just kind of an idealist, one who believes in right and wrong, and that people in office should be held accountable for their actions. If that's wrong then maybe America has changed way more than I thought since I was younger. Meanwhile, I find it disturbing that so many of you here seem to not give a crap about any of this, or just take a "who cares" type of attitude toward all this. It's sad.
Softball Jim November 22, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Hey Tim, I think the Sue should step down. She has too much baggage to be able to do what needs to be done. She will continue to be a side show attraction, with the Three Ring Circus (Shannon, Mikey, and the Kipper) and thier ringmaster Lennie. However, as a collective board, voted into thier current seats on D46, they all must remember they all represent the taxpayers of D46, not just one small individual group of people. They all need to work on getting back to what is best for the Kids. Because the Kids are the important people in all of this, and right now they are the losers in all of this B.S.
HAL E BERGER November 22, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Who are you people to state what all of the people want - what egos -- !!! DO YOU GET IT --- YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME !!! Do you really fail to understand how a representative government works in a republic/democracy.
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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