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.
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
|Direct Response Web Solutions Inc||12/20/07||$500||ReNew Our Schools Campaign: http://www.drwebsolutions.com/clients/renew-our-schools-campaign|
|Andrea Gorla||12/20/07||$200||Dist 428 assistant superintendent|
|Richard & Kathleen Katz||12/20/07||$1000|
|Brian Schrader||12/18/07||$139||ReNew Our Schools co-chair|
|Armstrong Torseth Skold & Rydeen Inc. (ATS&R), Minneapolis||1/16/08||$2000||Became the architect for the referendum job|
|Cohen & Amy Barnes||1/22/08||$300||ReNew Our Schools co-chair|
|Robert & Doris Boey||1/29/08||$200|
|Direct Response Web Solutions||1/21/08||$300||ReNew Our Schools Campaign, as above|
|Elmer Larson LLC||1/15/08||$500||21218 Airport Road, Sycamore|
|Roger & Mary Keys||1/3/08||$200|
|L & S of DeKalb LLC||1/15/08||$250||21218 Airport Road, Sycamore (LLC members incl. Larcon LLC & Shepard Construction LLC; L & S has since dissolved)|
|Michael & Jodi Lord||1/1/08||$100||Dist 428 board member|
|Michael & Jodi Lord||1/21/08||$50||""|
|Michael & Jodi Lord||2/1/08||$115||""|
|M & L Joint Venture||1/15/08||$250||21218 Airport Road, Sycamore|
|MSJ Larson Inc.||1/15/08||$500||21218 Airport Road, Sycamore|
|Park 88 LLC||1/22/08||$2500|
|Schrader, Brian||1/21/08||$125||ReNew Our Schools co-chair|
|Timothy & Marilee Struthers||1/7/08||$200|
|The National Bank & Trust Company||1/24/08||$2500|
|William Blair & Company, Chicago||1/28/08||$2000||Financial services firm|