April Fools’ Edition
In the latest turn of events, Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 has amended its complaint against the Village of Oak Park regarding the payment of tax increment financing funds. Wednesday Jerbil has learned that the high school district is adding the Village of River Forest as a defendant.
When asked about the move, District 200 Board President Wye Lee said, “We just felt the more the merrier.”
The high school district’s attorney, Martin Hungadunga of the law firm Hungadunga, Hungadunga, Hungadunga, Hungadunga & McCormick, said that District 200 added River Forest because “as Willie Sutton said, that’s where the money is.”
When asked to explain how River Forest could be liable for a TIF district that was solely in Oak Park, Hungadunga replied: “Legal theory, legal schmeary. We sued them because we can. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Ha, ha, ha.”
John Rigas, River Forest village president and former president of the District 200 school board, reacted to the news saying, “This kind of thing makes me want to give the gavel back to Frank Paris.”
Hungadunga added that the new complaint by the high school may not be the last.
“As a lawyer, I can envision lawsuits by the high school against all the taxing bodies in Oak Park: the library, the park district. Is there still a tuberculosis district? Why should they get to keep all the money?
“And when we’re finished with them, we’ll sue the taxpayers, too. We shall rule the world.”