Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against D39 Referendum

A Cook County judge in Chicago ruled to throw out the lawsuit on Thursday.

A Cook County judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Wilmette's School District 39's tax referendum Thursday afternoon. 

"Of course I'm happy, the judge dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, which is exactly how we thought it would end up," Superintendent Ray Lechner told Patch following Thursday's hearing at the Richard J. Daley Center.

The complaint and the Oak Park-based Taxpayers United of America, and alleged that language appearing on the April 5 ballot question misled voters.

"We thought we had a very powerful argument that proved there was a mistake made with the ballot language." Sorock said.  

When asked if they will be filing an appeal, he added "I think we will be discussing it amongst ourselves."

Stay tuned to Patch for a full story on the judge's decision tomorrow.

concerned resident June 23, 2011 at 09:35 PM
This is great news that the Court made the sensible decision and upheld the overwhelming will of the voters. It is truly unfortunate, however, that Mr. Sorock and his group will do everything in their power to thwart the voters of Wilmette by filing a frivolous lawsuit. I would suspect that he and most of his supporters typically decry "frivolous" lawsuits - except, of course in this instance when they are the ones filing the suit. It is also ashame that he and his group opposed the referendum by arguing that educational costs were out of control; and now he and his group are responsible for burdening our school district with the very real costs of defending against this frivolous lawsuit. Hypocrisy at its finest!
Poolandapond June 23, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Mr. Canning, please sue Sorock for legal fees for his frivolous lawsuit.
Poolandapond June 23, 2011 at 09:55 PM
I guess I should have said Dr. Lechner, however I am sure the Village of Wilmette has has to spend time on some type of complaint filed by Sorock
Wilmette Voter June 23, 2011 at 10:55 PM
So glad this was tossed out. Agree, would be nice if Sorock and those who filed had to pay personally after their threat tactics of going after the members of the School Board personally (which was also tossed). Now I hope the district stewards out $s well...let's turn our focus to that, as it should've been since the vote.
Kelly Costello October 03, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Unfortunately it is back again. This man is draining the resources we would have used for the good of the community for his own selfish reasons. It is a tragic waste of money for the District to have to spend so much time, money and effort fighting this when it was voted for and supported by the community. He apparently can't lost gracefully and puts his own ego above the needs of the community.


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