D87 Board Member Speaks Out Before Memorial Lights Referendum Vote

The following is a letter to the editor from D87 board member Mary Ozog.

On March 20, 2012 the registered voters of Glen Ellyn will be asked the following question:

Should High School District 87 be permitted to install and operate permanent stadium field lighting on Memorial Field at Glenbard West High School (consisting of two 60' tall and four 70' tall light towers) for after-dark athletic practices, competitions, and non-school related rentals?

The Illinois Association of School Board states in its Foundational Principles of Elective Governance that “The School Board must be aggressive in reaching out to the community – the district’s owners - to engage people in conversations about education and the public good.”  Our own District 87 Board Policy (8:10 paragraph 4) states we will “solicit public opinion as part of the decision making process.”

Last Fall constituents of the Glen Ellyn community amassed over 700 signatures to put this referendum on the upcoming March ballot. Critical comments  have been circulating regarding the fact that only Glen Ellyn residents will be voting on this issue. This is a land use issue that affects Glen Ellyn residents only, and that is why it is on the Glen Ellyn ballot. The District’s website calls the language misleading. The District only removed its request for leasing in late November, four months after Plan Commission hearings began. Also, the District had an opportunity to object to the question’s language and did not do so. The District’s disparaging remarks on this issue appear to me to be an effort to obstruct the elective process and have no factual basis. I have no idea what the results of this referendum will be, but I expect that, as elected officials, we will of course take into consideration the results of this advisory referendum when we make our final decisions about this project.

Mary Ozog


District 87 Board Member

March 18, 2012


Marilyn March 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Marilyn I can't believe after all that has gone on, meetings, signs,etc., not one comment is posted showing how disappointing this whole issue has been. I posted a reply yesterday, only to find that today, it is not shown. Perhaps I am not as articulate as the above...just a "voice shouting in the wilderness". Once again, this area is the entrance to our town. What a beautiful site to behold, light towers where there once was a park dedicated to the veterans of our country,. The traffic will be a joke, along with the safety. And yes, as a local resident, it will lower my property value. Although, I am a senior citizen and not a full time resident in my older years, I will still have to pay 100% real estate taxes and you can bet the values will not change on the tax roles as no one can sell their house to get comparibles. Do you really think these lights are going to keep your children safe from trouble and drugs? That character should have been molded long ago AT HOME!!! GOD BLESS THIS MESS!
Glen Ellyn Parent March 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I hope that some day when I am a senior citizen, I am realistic enough to know that I should not put my personal financial challenges ahead of the students at my local high school. I am astounded at the short sightedness that may of our seniors show on issues involving our schools. Our country spend more on schools during their childhood years then in any other era. They never went to school in wooden trailers. All you have to do is read between the lines on some of these comments and you can see selfishness. I like the repremand that assumes we do not know how to raise kids and that we should stay at home , so that somehow it will ease the tax burden of a retired "snow bird". Sorry if our local high school gets in the way of your goals to sustain multiple residences in your senior years. Young folks you need to get out and vote. My gosh...
Rich Magurkey March 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
This issue has already been decided, regardless of the results of the non-binding referendum. Why does this need to be debated again? Please move on to another more important subject, this one is settled.
Jeffrey Gahris March 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Without getting judgmental one way or another, I noticed the congestion and confusion this afternoon by Memorial Field to be quite amazing, to the point that Pennsylvania Ave would benefit by being sealed off from through traffic, especially for any night events. I got through only by driving about 5 mph for the sake of safety.
J. Burket March 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Your prayers will be answered when a three way stop sign is installed at Ellyn and Crescent.


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