Although voters in the April election could write a death sentence for the Cicero Township Trustees of Schools, the two races for the three-member board are nonetheless contested.
Incumbents Maureen Carroll of Cicero and Lou Angeloni of Berwyn are both up for re-election and each face a challenger. Angeloni was appointed to his seat after former trustee Bob Burman resigned last year. The seat will be up for election again in 2009 if the elected body isn’t dissolved by referendum.
Carroll’s seat has a six-year term.
The board oversees investments for six school districts in Oak Park, Berwyn and Cicero. Typically each of the three trustees represents one of the three municipalities.
David Donahue filed the papers for both of the challengers, said Jeff Schroeder, the interim township schools treasurer. Donahue once worked for former Cicero Town President Betty Loren-Maltese, who is in federal prison for bilking the town out of millions in an insurance scheme.
Victor Rosario, who lives in an apartment building at 3119 S. Scoville Ave., is running for the Berwyn seat. He does not have a listed telephone number.
Cynthia Martinez, of 5830 W. Pershing Road, is running for the Cicero seat. The phone number associated with her address does not have an answering service. Neither challenger could be reached for this article.
Carroll is challenging Martinez’s filing petition, Schroeder said.
Meanwhile, elementary school districts in the three communities have agreed to ask voters to dissolve the township schools body. Winning votes are needed in all three communities to dismantle the body.
Oak Park schools can get out of the arrangement without the election, though. If the measure fails, Elementary School District 97 and Oak Park and River Forest High School can opt out because of legislation passed in January by the General Assembly. State Sen. Don Harmon was responsible for giving Oak Park schools the opt-out option. River Forest Elementary School District 90 can opt out of a similar arrangement with the Proviso Township Trustees of Schools.
If the referendum were to fail and Oak Park opts out, board President Bill Sullivan would need to resign, as would Schroeder, because they would not meet residency requirements, Schroeder said. The office would need to move from its Oak Park home, too.
Schroeder said his office is working with Oak Park schools on an intergovernmental agreement to spell out the details of Oak Park’s pull-out from the Cicero body.