D97 referendum debate March 15 at Irving School

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Opponents and proponents of the District 97 tax hike referendum will meet tonight at Irving School for another in a series of forums leading up to the April 5 vote. This event is co-sponsored by SEOPCO (South East Oak Park Community Organization) and Wednesday Journal.

Noel Kuriakos of the Citizens Alliance of Oak Park will speak in opposition to the tax hike. Carollina Song of the Committee to Support Oak Park Schools will speak in favor. Also on the panel is Peter Traczyk, president of the District 97 school board.

District 97 referendum debate

SEOPCO (South East Oak Park Community Organization), Irving School PTO and Wednesday Journal

Tuesday March 15
Irving Elementary School, 1125 S. Cuyler
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Free Child Care on site)

I. Description of the referendum
II. Remarks from the spokesperson for proponents
III. Remarks from the spokesperson for opponents
IV. Audience Q&A

Presentations will be short.

Invited Speakers:

Peter J. Traczyk, president Oak Park District 97 School Board

Carollina Song, Committee To Support Oak Park Schools
(info@referendumyes.com) (www.referendumyes.com)

Noel Kuriakos, Citizens Alliance Of Oak Park
(ca.oakpark@gmail.com) (www.referendumno.com)

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Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: March 15th, 2011 5:38 PM

I think these forums are a good place to hear the pros and cons and ask questions about the referendum. I'm glad they're having several of these.


Posted: March 15th, 2011 5:08 PM

@Billmytaxestoohigh: I couldn't agree with you more!!!!! If they get the money first, there's no hope for reform. To the "yes" voters who think higher taxes will "keep our property values high"... I don't know about you but my TAXES have gone up (A LOT) as my property value has dropped. Excessive taxes does not make my house (or OP) desirable.

Bill My taxes are to high  

Posted: March 15th, 2011 4:01 PM

The board of D97 has proven itself to be a poor negotiator - why give them more money before they have a new contract with concession and give backs . If we pass this referendum all hope of any kind of reform is gone - D97 needs to show they will make hard decision before we can give them anymore of our hard earned money!

op parent  

Posted: March 14th, 2011 8:01 PM

what are you talking about? I was at the Mann meeting and there was an opportunity to make a follow-up comment. Were you the person who flounced off? If so, maybe you missed that part.


Posted: March 14th, 2011 5:39 PM

Why isn't there another opponent of the referendum on the panel? All of the forums have been completely lopsided in this respect. How will questions beasked? Will people be able to ask follow-up questions? The index card format does not work because it doesn't allow for any kind of follow-up at all.

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