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State Board of Elections: D218 Board Seat To Remain Empty

A board seat will remain empty on the District 218 Board of Education after an Illinois Board of Elections

The District 218 Board of Education will be down one member for the next two years after the Illinois State Board of Elections determined the board failed to fill a vacant seat in the required time period.

Incumbent board member Ron Pratl resigned shortly after winning reelection with just a 21 vote margin citing personal reasons. The board then interviewed two possible replacements.

Linda Flanagan-Vahl, who narrowly lost to Pratl in April's election, and Pratl’s brother, Donald, both were considered. The board was unable to come to a consensus on either candidate, said Board President Randy Heuser last week.

The state board's determination that the seat was not filled in the proper time frame means it will sit empty until the next election in 2013.

District 218 elects its board members from seven separate geographical districts, not district-wide like most boards. The vacant seat is in the sixth district.

teacher teacher July 20, 2011 at 03:38 AM
How does the State Board of Elections have any say in this matter? The board had forty five days, which ended July 11, 2011 at their meeting to fill the spot. The state law gives the Regional Superintendent 30 days after that date. Why isn't the Regional Supt. filling this seat? Are we supposed to be unrepresented in this district? Remember, the resignation was not turned in until recently. This board has a lot of explaining to do to Ms. Vahl and Mr. Pratl as well as us, the residents.
bulldog staffer July 20, 2011 at 01:08 PM
As late as May 19th 2011 the 218 Supt publicly claimed there was no resignation: http://www.thereporteronline.net/atf.php?sid=25026&current_edition=2011-05-19
STM July 20, 2011 at 02:34 PM
We the taxpayers should have our property taxes lowered because of the empty seat on the school board. This is taxation without representation. Maybe a special election should be held to fill the empty seat. Also the regional superintendent should be investigated for the decision he made.

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