Tea Party Joins Critics of D46 Incumbents' Campaign

Email and campaign literature come under fire.

Chairman of the Lake County Tea Party, Lennie Jarratt, has provided Patch with a copy of an email from Grayslake school board president Mary Garcia to State Sen. Suzi Schmidt asking for help accessing VoteBuilder for her campaign for re-election.

Sent from Garcia’s D30 day job email, but signed with her D46 contact information, it would appear that the line had been crossed in terms of using her position at the school district for her campaign.

Garcia, however, refutes the allegation and has provided the email correspondence which followed her request to Schmidt.

“The email was sent on a Saturday and the district rule is that you cannot use district email for personal use during compensated time. I was also not asking for money to buy the program, but access to the list of voters.  Suzi was not familiar with the program, but suggested we get the information from the County Clerk’s office.  (Fellow board candidate) Sue Facklam and I made the same request to Nancy Shepardson of the Democratic Party. Nancy let me know that we could not have the access code unless you voted in the primary or were part of a PAC, which I am not,” said Garcia.

 At Thursday's board meeting Board member Ray Millington refuted claims that a flyer for Garcia and Facklam had gone home to parents at Grayslake Middle School on, Friday, March 11th.

This charge has been denied by Garcia and board member Ray Millington who designed and printed the flyers for the incumbents.  “This would have been impossible since I printed the literature on Saturday, March 12,” Millington said.

Christine Wilson, Paraprofessionals and School-related Personnel (PRSP) union representative for D46, publicly commented at last week’s board meeting on receiving a flyer for Garcia and Facklam from the Lake County Federation of Teachers (LCFT). 

“I have to say I was shocked to receive a flyer supporting these candidates. I have nothing personally against them.  I’m a union representative, but I think our job is to teach.  It’s the parent’s job to vote,” said Wilson.

Patch has also been provided with a copy of an LCFT email that has been reported to have been making its way around D46.  The email was an invitation to attend the Madison Rally on Sunday, March 6, “to show our continued support for our union brothers and sisters.”

Lisa Bako April 04, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Great Point, Softball Jim, I just want to clear up a few facts about our district. We have 7 schools with over 4,000 students, not including the Pre-K program and over 400 staff members, all of which are Mrs. Correll's responsibility.
Softball Jim April 04, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Sorry, I missspoke, I should have said principle not superintendent. The Super is in charge of all 4K students and 400 Staff members. Sounds like a President or VP of a Fortune 500 Company to me. !
Sully April 04, 2011 at 04:53 PM
you left out the bankers, softball jim. and also g.e. let's see, g.e. made a profit of 14.2 billion dollars last year, 5.1 billion in the u.s. alone, payed absolutely no taxes, and actually received tax benefits of 3.2 billion. and it's not it's appliances making all the dough. it's it's lending company, "g.e. capital corp" that rakes in more than 50% percent of their capital. now how does this affect the common person? afterall, g.e. is a business; we're not paying them with our taxes (which is the complaint against teachers). in the easiest possible terms, it's like this. say the country needs more money for the three wars we seem to be in now. we gotta get it somewhere, but not from the corporations or the banks. oh wait- the people! we'll raise taxes on the people to get that money. well d'uh! we'll cut funding for domestic spending and make it look like those receiving domestic monies are just greedy, lazy, or both. and we'll make it look like this country will go bankrupt if we have to subsidize them. that way, the government gets the money it needs, and the corporations and bankers get to keep their billions to boot!
Rich April 04, 2011 at 05:03 PM
It's a beautiful morning! Homer here. Good to see the good people taking Tony, the anti-tax to task. I guess Cynthia did not home-school Tony on how the property tax works. Remember the title of this article? It has to do with the Tea Party. Do not take your eye off of them. The comments they make have been less than truthful and not very intelligent. Homer thinks they want to destroy education so that we will all be like them. Anyways, Homer loves election day! It is the end of the campaign and the beginning of service. Lets hope ethical, honest people get elected and take care of our children our future. Now, Homer needs a pedicure!
C-Dub April 04, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Thanks for the lunch time reading. I am a parent in D46 and I also had an open mind. I also am not a teacher or a union member and I will admit that I am not up to speed on all issues that the candidates have on their platform. I just wanted to say a few things: Cynthia -- one word: CERTIFIABLE CSS -- you bring up some valid points Grayslake patch -- way to stick to your code and allow all the personal attacks and personal information to be provided in earlier posts.
Carl April 04, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Actually...it's Principal.
Carl April 04, 2011 at 07:23 PM
How could you possibly know that? Have you interviewed them all. Michael?
Carl April 04, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Happy to. Teachers pay 9.4% of their salary towards their pension; the district pays 0.58%. Most of the balance would come from earnings on investments except that the state stopped paying into TRS in '95...except for some interest on what they owe from time to time. So truth is, most of us haven't contributed more than 0.58% via tax dollars anyway. A 1st year teacher in CCSD 46 makes less than $35k per year. If they have a spouse and child, $18k of that goes to the family PPO plan. Another chunk to dental & vision.
Carl April 04, 2011 at 07:39 PM
HM... You'd be surprised to know that it is the other way around. There are teachers that used to provide programs after school to enrich kids not getting enough. Teachers that were more than willing to give their own time during conference weeks to make sure parents got more than 15 minutes. They were forbidden (by principals and administration) to continue as it set a precedent that not all teachers could meet. These teachers work in their classrooms well beyond 5 PM on a daily basis...just go watch for yourself.
Lisa Bako April 04, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Thank you LTR, your kind words are appreciated.
Carl April 04, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Carl is Carl and only Carl...he makes his mortgage payments, pays his taxes and doesn't complain. Now look...you've got him speaking in the 3rd person like Homer!
Carl April 04, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Just get a job and pay your bills...
Carl April 04, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Hey bud....I was OOT all week...gotta real job with real paid vacation. Pay my mortgage, too! And there weren't no Internetz where I wuz!
Rich April 04, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Homer here! I keep getting what appears to be Carl and Lisa responding to someone but I do not get the comments they are responding to. And Carl, it's all right to talk in the third person. Bob Dole made a career of it. I had a drink with him a few years ago and he was A-OK. I never voted for him though. Ahh, they don't make conservatives like they use to! Before, you could talk and cooperate with them. Now, we elect a guy like Walsh and he's proud that he does not compromise. Where is our democracy headed? Oh well, got to get ready for championship night. Homer is a Big East guy!
Sully April 04, 2011 at 09:44 PM
sorry homer. i'll be pulling for butler!
Carl April 04, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Carl is responding to Linwood Jaratt...he accused me of using multiple alias' like his wife did several years ago. She was the queen! She must of had 12 of them going before she got busted.
Grayslake'sfinest April 05, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Homer, you posted this earlier and it was ALL true. The boys in the gray vehicle were stealing the brochures for Facklam/Garcia and said they were told to do it by the adults. The tea party is teaching their own kids to lie and steal just like they are. I am now totally confident on who I am voting for tomorrow. NOT the tea party. See you there Homer, Lisa and all of the REAL people here. Ahh, the ignorance of the Tea Party. Homer here. No, Tony, it's all about the money, not the children. Remember? A 2.7% increase in the levy does not equate to a 2.7% increase in your actual tax. But, believe what you want. And Cynthia. You are your own worse enemy. Keep speaking, the stuff that comes out is truely amazing. At a prominent Grayslake wedding last night, the talk was about how the Tea Party candidates and their supporters were stealing literature from Garcia/Flackham. I know my friends and neighbors were disgusted. The Tea Party playbook is in full operation. The distortions about taxes, the bad campaigning and in the end, it's all about the money. Quality education is on the line. Homer now needs to campaign!
Grayslake'sfinest April 05, 2011 at 01:16 AM
And another thing, pictures were taken of the car and the teens who did it. And given to the police dept. There is a video of it. My neighbors were disgusted also and took videos of it all. The fact is, though, the neighbors who were undecided? They are going to vote for Garcia/Facklam tomorrow as a result of what happened. So, the tea party only bit themselves in the rearend once again. I too, am campaigning Homer. Let's all vote BLUE!!
Tea Party Patriot April 05, 2011 at 12:43 PM
I will NOT vote for Garica. It should be illegal for a board member to also be a teacher's union representative. What is the duty of the school board? The board should represent the students and taxpayers - not the union! And how did her husband get a $75,000 per year job at District 46?? Did anyone know who he was when the board voted on it?
Elizabeth April 05, 2011 at 01:02 PM
While I agree The husband should not have been considered for a position within the district, even if it is a Janitorial position ( how does a janitor make $75,000), I do believe that the current board has the best interest of the children in mind. I think you are confusing facts, an ex -board member received a $75,000 part time position with-in the district...or you are purposly sending the wrong message. I like to believe he was the best person qualified. Patriot, I do not believe you and the Tea Party want what is best for the children. Garcia has my vote.
Carl April 05, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I believe many of the taxpayers are teachers and of common thought...probably more than the 8 that voted for Carbone.
Rich April 05, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Homer here, proudly wearing his I Voted Today sticker right next to his suspenders! Today is about democracy. This is where we teach our children to cooperate and compromise, not stubbornly stick to views and not have a conversation about moving forward. It is sad to think that in Washington today, the Tea Party freshman will not negotiate and cry, shut it down. They play with our government like it is a game. We deserve better. District 46 will continue teaching our children. I hope the board provides the resources so our teachers can continue doing the great job they always do. Now Homer needs to have lunch. Dog n Suds sounds great! And remember, blue signs good, yellow signs not so good!
Lisa Bako April 05, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Great message Homer. Hopefully after today, win or lose, either side, we can all bury the hatchet and come together to provide for our children and proceed toward the common goals without controversy, mud slinging and slander. Time for everyone to be the "bigger" person and cooperate. Remember, its ok to disagree, it is how you handle the differences that shows your true character.
Rich April 05, 2011 at 07:13 PM
In one of Homer's volunteer capacities, Homer works with education. He receives about two or three emails a day outlining what is going on in Washington from our national staff. Today, the resolution to continue government operation contains various poicy riders, such as eliminating healthcare, planned parenthood etc. Meanwhile, those rascally Tea Partiers are shouting Shut it Down, it being our government. And their roadmap unveiled today for 2012 keeps the Bush tax cuts and cut again the tax on the wealhty from 35% to 25%. And they want to eliminate the deficit? Pretty soon, we will all be home schooling our children, our children will have no social skills and the future will be full of bitter people wishing for the good old days when we had public schools! Homer will go cheer up now!
Sully April 05, 2011 at 10:35 PM
just a little reminder of what the tea party is all about- http://www.thewashingtoncurrent.com/2011/04/81000-poor-elderly-in-danger-of-losing.html why would you want to hurt your fellow man?
Sully April 05, 2011 at 10:36 PM
in case you don't care to open the link, here's the headline- 81,000 Poor Elderly In Danger Of Losing Food Due To Proposed GOP Cut, Relief Group Warns
Firm believer of Justice April 06, 2011 at 03:06 AM
Do you smell that?? It is the sweet smell of success!!!! NO tea party!!! Homer, you are one fine citizen of Grayslake and I want to thank you for being such a believer. And Carl. You guys are truly great! Keep up the great work. And Lennie and your bunch....the train is waiting to take you outta town buddy! You are not welcome in Grayslake.
Michelle April 06, 2011 at 04:07 AM
I agree with Homer..and I wore blue today :) And by the way, Dog 'n Suds sounds great!
Brad Faxton April 08, 2011 at 04:32 PM
When teabags are left out to rot, they start smelling and are not wanted. Recycle those teabags. It is good for the environment!
Brad Faxton April 08, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Chili cheese dog with fries is....yumm-o!


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