Mundelein High Board Candidates Split on Three Referendums
Lissau, Russell, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Russell Lissau Daily Herald Staff Writer
The contenders for the Mundelein High School District 120 board have varying levels of support for the three financial questions voters will face on Election Day.
During a candidate forum Monday night at the school, incumbent Michael I. Lieberman and challengers Christine Sawvell and Ray Sawvell Jr. backed all the referendum proposals. If approved, the plans would refinance $13.4 million in existing debt, raise $7.5 million to deal with short-term financial needs and appropriate about $5.3 million for construction projects.
Challengers Ed Specht and Steven L. Wirt and incumbent Vicky Kennedy said they don't support the request for construction- related funding but do back the other two proposals. Challenger Gerry Munley said he supports only the plan that would refinance the existing loans.
Incumbent Thomas M.P. Hannigan explained why the board put the three questions on the April 5 ballot but did not say whether he supports the proposals.
Four seats with 4-year terms are up for election. The eight candidates answered questions about the referendums, test scores, the district's finances, possible program cuts and other subjects during the forum.
A ninth candidate, Tami Forman, no longer is seeking office and did not participate in the session. Forman's name will appear on the ballot, however.
The questions put to the candidates came from the audience and were read by moderator Diana O'Kelly, the Lake County Board's representative for the Mundelein area. …