Township schools expect resignation. None comes

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The former president of the Cicero Township Trustees of Schools might resign from the board.

At a special meeting scheduled last week, the board planned to accept the resignation of Robert Burman, whose six-year term on the board will not expire until April 2009. However, 15 minutes after the meeting was supposed to begin, current President Bill Sullivan and board attorney Chris Welch announced they had not received Burman's resignation.

Multiple calls to Burman seeking comment were not returned.

Burman was elected president shortly after his election to the board in 2003 and served in that role until Sullivan took over in July.

The Trustees of Schools controls investments of funds for schools in Oak Park, Cicero and Berwyn. Traditionally, the three-member board was composed of one trustee from each community.

Burman represents Berwyn.

Burman's election in 2003 caused his opponent, incumbent Victor Zamora, to claim the governmental body would fall into the control of the Cicero GOP, which formerly controlled the town of Cicero.

Burman denied allegiance with that party, however his election papers were filed by David Donohue, the Cicero spokesman who served under Betty Loren-Maltese, former town president who's serving an 8-year sentence in federal prison for racketeering.

At last week's meeting, the board planned to install Louis "Lou" Angeloni of the 3400 block of Maple Avenue in Berwyn?#34;the south side of the city.

Angeloni said his friend and neighbor, Michael O'Connor, mayor of Berwyn, recommended him for the post. Angeloni said he helped with O'Connor's campaign.

If Angeloni were appointed to the board, he would serve only until April 2007, when the remaining two years of the term would be up for election. Cicero representative Maureen Sherwood will be up for re-election in 2007, too.

Sullivan said Tuesday that Donohue contacted state Sen. Don Harmon about Burman's wishes to resign, citing a "myriad of personal reasons." Because the board has just three members, the Open Meetings Act forbids trustees from speaking directly to each other about board business.

Sullivan said he would not call another special meeting until he had Burman's resignation, and admitted that there was nothing compelling Burman to resign or attend future meetings.

"That's his prerogative," Sullivan said, adding the board would continue to conduct its business regardless of Burman's decision.

Sullivan said he fired Welch on last Friday "because I didn't like the way he was representing the office."

?#34;Drew Carter

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