Judge: No Reason to Consolidate D39 and D97 Lawsuits

Herbert Sorock and Taxpayers United of America's motion to consolidate the District 39 lawsuit with District 97's failed Monday.

A Cook County Court judge dismissed a request on Monday to consolidate two lawsuits against Wilmette School District 39 and Oak Park School District 97.

Judge Moshe Jacobius denied the motion, petitioned by plaintiff Herbert Sorock, a Wilmette resident, and Taxpayers United of America (TUA), stating there was not sufficient grounds for consolidation.

TUA argued that both lawsuits were based on faulty ballot language that each school district used to pass recent referendums increasing property taxes. TUA said that by failing to include the Illinois state equalizer in their calculations, the districts understated the effects of the increases on homeowners.

Consolidating the two lawsuits would have lessened the financial burden on Oak Park and Wilmette residents as well, according to TUA’s Christina Tobin.

“We wanted to save taxpayers thousands of dollars,” Tobin said.

A statement released by District 39 Tuesday supported Jacobius’ decision, and said that a consolidation would have interfered with the property tax extension process on July 1.

On May 23, Judge Rita Novak dismissed each D39 school board member as a defendant in TUA’s lawsuit, allowing only the school district to be tried. Tobin said that naming individual members as defendants would have kept taxpayers from being financially responsible for the entire district’s legal counsel.

Novak will hear Sorock and TUA’s motion for a temporary restraining order against D39 on June 23  at 11:15 a.m. in courtroom 2402 at the Daley Center in Chicago.

Quis Custodiet June 07, 2011 at 07:44 PM
If Christina Tobin cared one iota about saving taxpayer money, she would not have filed two separate cases in the first place (not to mention Riverside-Brookfield), in villages where she has no stake whatsoever; she would not have filed frivolous claims against our neighbor-volunteer board members in their individual capacity; she would not have filed motion after motion that are routinely decided against her, wasting everyone's time, including the Court system; she would not have filed these resource-wasting actions at all. Christina Tobin is interested in only one thing: building up a resume of purported civic activity and press-mentions so that she can one day run for office here in Illinois, as she did in California.
Long Time Resident June 07, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Quote: "Tobin said that naming individual members as defendants would have kept taxpayers from being financially responsible for the entire district’s legal counsel." Well, sure, so would not filing the lawsuit, or naming someone else who wasn't responsible as a defendant would have done that too.
Wilmette Voter June 08, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Thanks Patch for continuing to follow this case and posting updates. I hope the courts continue to shut down these lawsuits which seem from every angle to be a huge resource drain. You are so correct LTR that not filing suits at all would've been the best way to save taxpayer (and school district) resources...


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