Cicero Township Trustees of Schools

Election guide 2005

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By WEDNESDAY JOURNAL STAFF

Bill Sullivan

Background: 38, attorney and real estate broker. BAs in history and music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989; JD, DePaul University College of Law, 1992.

Founding chairman of Oak Park and River Forest High School Alumni Association, 2001-present; vice president of Oak Park Area Arts Council, 1998-2001; OP Township Senior Services Committee, 1998-2002.

Priorities: Sullivan hopes to represent Oak Park on the three-member Trustees of Schools board, an arcane government body that makes investments of school tax revenues and holds title to school properties. Typically the board has had one representative from each of the communities that have schools in the arrangement, Berwyn, Cicero and Oak Park. The Oak Park seat is up for election; trustees serve 6-year terms.

Sullivan said he would work to make sure the office is run as efficiently as possible, and would work to ensure that each school knows where all of the money overseen by the office is. He would also push for more investments to be made at local banks.

Quote: Asked whether he would work to eliminate the Trustees of Schools, as is the wish of District 200, he said, "It would not be my role to decide whether this office would be abolished or not."

Isaura Yanez

Background: A Berwyn resident, Yanez did not reply to WEDNESDAY JOURNAL's request to participate in an endorsement interview, nor did she return a candidate information form.

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