Will Co. (ECWd) -
Our laws were designed as a set of rules to follow, and more often than not, when followed they protect the taxpayers.
Not the Case with Lincoln-Way District 210
According to information in the lawsuit filed against District 210 by the local grass roots organization, LincolnWayarea taxpayersUNITE, District 210 spent in excess of $44,000.00 to build the "Super Dog" training facility with taxpayer funds. We exposed those wrongdoings in this article.
The Illinois School Code, states in part: Sec. 10-20.21. Contracts. "(a) To award all contracts for purchase of supplies and materials or work involving an expenditure in excess of $25,000 or a lower amount as required by board policy to the lowest responsible bidder".
With the law in mind, and knowing they spent over $44,000.00 on this work, I filed a FOIA and asked for some very basic information.
- Copy of all expenditures with receipts and invoices for the construction of the dog training facility.
- Copy of the RFP used for the building of the dog training facility.
- Copy of all responses to the RFP and or request for bids for the building of the dog training facility.
- Copy of the minutes approving the construction of a dog training facility.
The response for three of those requests is the very reason the citizens of District 210 should demand the resignation of any board member who was serving during the construction of that facility, as well as a demand for prosecution of official misconduct for recklessly failing to perform their mandated duties.
District 210 Response
- This data is archived, so we would again request additional time to collect the archived data.
- The District did not issue an RFP for this work, so there are no documents that meet your request.
- Please see the response to #9. (No RFP so no Bids received)
- There are no minutes that specifically approve the construction of the facility.
So there was no RFP issued for the work, thus no responses to the RFP, and no minutes reflecting any board approval.
Note however the slick wording of the last item. "There are no minutes that specifically approve the construction of the facility."
There is only one type of an approval in board minutes, specific!
The insinuation in the response given is that there was some type of approval but nothing specific. Sorry! Our laws do not work that way!
It appears to be very clear that former Superintendent Wyllie and the Board of Trustees at that time have clearly violated state law as it relates to work being performed for the district.
They MUST be held accountable and exposed for their actions!
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