ReNew Our Schools and Candidate Barnes

Below are listed the officers of ReNew Our Schools, the political action committee (PAC) set up to campaign for the $110 million District 428 construction referendum that passed in early 2008. One of the co-chairs of the PAC, Cohen Barnes, is currently running for a spot on the District 428 school board.

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In the comments section of an earlier, related post, District 428 & the Grassroots: Yeah, Right: Part 2, participants expressed dismay at ReNew Our Schools’ having accepted sizable donations from big firms that hoped to (and at least in one case, did) do business with the school district on the school construction projects resulting from the referendum.

To be clear: None of this is against the law. However, it’s equally clear that some folks believe acceptance of the above-described donations suggests questionable ethical judgment on the part of the ReNew Our Schools officers, and I believe such issues require a good airing before we vote to give a person power over our tax money.

I’ve stuck the itemized contributions to ReNew Our Schools into a handy table for you. Find the original reports filed with the State Board of Elections by initiating a committee search. Be sure to un-check the “Active Committees Only” box because the PAC filed its final report last year.

Itemized Contributions to ReNew Our Schools

ContributorDateAmountComments
Direct Response Web Solutions Inc12/20/07$500ReNew Our Schools Campaign: http://www.drwebsolutions.com/clients/renew-our-schools-campaign
Andrea Gorla12/20/07$200Dist 428 assistant superintendent
Richard & Kathleen Katz12/20/07$1000
Brian Schrader12/18/07$139ReNew Our Schools co-chair
Brian Schrader12/20/07$100""
Armstrong Torseth Skold & Rydeen Inc. (ATS&R), Minneapolis1/16/08$2000Became the architect for the referendum job
Cohen & Amy Barnes1/22/08$300ReNew Our Schools co-chair
Robert & Doris Boey1/29/08$200
Patricia Brown1/7/08$200
John Castle1/11/08$1500
Castle Bank1/10/08$2500
DeKalb Associates1/22/08$2200
Direct Response Web Solutions1/21/08$300ReNew Our Schools Campaign, as above
Elmer Larson LLC1/15/08$50021218 Airport Road, Sycamore
Roger & Mary Keys1/3/08$200
L & S of DeKalb LLC
1/15/08$25021218 Airport Road, Sycamore (LLC members incl. Larcon LLC & Shepard Construction LLC; L & S has since dissolved)
Michael & Jodi Lord1/1/08$100Dist 428 board member
Michael & Jodi Lord1/21/08$50""
Michael & Jodi Lord2/1/08$115""
M & L Joint Venture1/15/08$25021218 Airport Road, Sycamore
MSJ Larson Inc.1/15/08$50021218 Airport Road, Sycamore
Park 88 LLC1/22/08$2500
Resource Bank1/16/08$5000
Schrader, Brian1/21/08$125ReNew Our Schools co-chair
Schrader, Brian1/29/08$50""
Timothy & Marilee Struthers1/7/08$200
The National Bank & Trust Company1/24/08$2500
William Blair & Company, Chicago1/28/08$2000Financial services firm

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