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D122 Board President Says Fellow Member Was Behind Kathy Miller Objection

New Lenox school board President Nick DiSandro said board member Maureen Broderick had a hand in filing the objection to incumbent Kathy Miller's petition for the April election.

New Lenox school board President Nick DiSandro said Monday that board member Maureen Broderick's involvement in objecting to fellow member Kathy Miller's election petition, then voting to kick Miller off the ballot, was politically motivated and embarrassing. 

In a press conference Monday afternoon at the District 122 administrative office, DiSandro said that on behalf of New Lenox School District 122 Board of Education that he has contacted the Will County State's Attorney's Office, the Will County Regional Superintendent's Office and the Illinois State Board of Education in regard to a matter he refers to as "dirty" on Broderick's part. 

"Kathy's right to due process was taken away from her," DiSandro said. "She didn't get a right to a fair hearing."   

On Jan. 11, Miller was kicked off the ballot after the district's Electoral Board, which includes Broderick, voted 2-1 to invalidate Miller's nominating petition. Broderick was one of the two votes, with the other being board member Sue Smith.

At the press conference DiSandro provided the details of a phone conversation with Broderick he had on Jan. 3, the day the objection to Miller's petition was filed.

DiSandro said Broderick reviewed the petitions of those who filed for the April 2013 school board election and filed objections to the documents turned in by Miller, an incumbent, and Thomas Hottinger. 

"She wrote both statements but she did not sign (the one against Miller)," DiSandro said.

That objection was signed by . DiSandro said Broderick didn't sign the objection against Miller, because she wanted to remain seated on the Electoral Board. She also withdrew her objection to Hottinger's petition so she could sit on the board. 

When asked to respond to DiSandro's accusations, Broderick said, "I never told him I wrote it. I never told him that at all. I'm extremely upset that this whole thing is coming to bite me. The main focus is on me now; it should be on Miller. I had nothing to do with what he is alleging that I did."

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Addressing the withdrawal of her objection to Hottinger, Broderick said, (DiSandro) called me to withdraw the objection to Hottinger so that I could sit on that board."

DiSandro said he told Broderick she should recuse herself from the hearing. He said that Broderick responded that she wanted to remain on the Electoral Board: '"It's legal, I can.' And she's right. Legally she can. I spoke with the school district's attorney, and he said, "legally she could.'"

"However, I don't believe that anyone should be judge, jury and executioner," DiSandro said.

Supt. Michael Sass announced at the press conference that Broderick told him on Jan. 3 that she took pictures of the documents with her cell phone. 

"In my opinion, it's disgusting; it's sad. ... She put me in a horrible position," DiSandro said. "Speaking on behalf of the board, we're embarrassed."

The Electoral Board hearing has cost the district thousands of dollars, DiSandro said, though he didn't have a specific amount on hand Monday.  

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NL Taxpayer January 23, 2013 at 06:28 PM
NLDad...you are correct! Both Broderick and Smith have, for many years, done their homework. They have too often been portrayed incorrectly. They have always been properly representing the NL taxpayers. Remember when Sass opened his contract early. Both ladies voted against it (including Martino) because they take their fiduciary duty to NL taxpayers. (Miller, Kedzior, Marcus, Gillooley) Sass got what he wanted, but it will hurt NL taxpayers in the end.
NL Taxpayer January 23, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Eliza, how does this situation involve elementary children? And, if they were, wouldn't this be an excellent learning situation. Broderick exerting her right. Broderick and any other board member or voting NL citizen has a right to challenge a candidate's competence. GOOD for M. Broderick and THANK YOU to her for looking out for the NL citizens. NONE of the NL voters are doing what really needs to be done -- Broderick is doing the NL voters a favor!
NL Taxpayer January 23, 2013 at 07:17 PM
eliza...does that actually matter? Why can't a NL resident/citizen look out for the rest of the "us" ? Broderick is demonstrating her right and concern. What is wrong with actively "looking" for a way to "get rid" of an incompetent member of a school board.
NL Taxpayer January 23, 2013 at 07:27 PM
NLDad....PLEASE run in the next school board election. Again, you said it ALL, NL voters are well aware of Broderick & Smith's value on the school board over the years. They have time and time again demonstrated their concerns to stop the outrageous spending but all too often have been outvoted by the Sass groupies - past and present.
Lea Bowes January 24, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Broderick is also the town gossip. Do some research look at all the problems she has caused. She alone has made a mockery of our district. When is she on the ballot again?????

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