Will Co. (ECWd) -
In February of this year, we exposed what appeared to be politics as usual with an appointment to the District 210 board vacancy. What was unique about the exposure in this article was that that an e-mail prior to the appointment tied Board member Arvid Johnson to Chris Lucchetti, the now appointed board member at D210.
As we reported, Johnson’s ties to the District ran as deep as the water tables under Central. He was the Board president under the illustrious then-Superintendent Lawrence Wyllie. At the time of that reporting, Johnson was and still is the current President of the University of St. Francis in Joliet. At the time of that article the University of St. Francis still had Lawrence Wyllie, now exposed ex-superintendent of D210, as a trustee and we stated that was an utter embarrassment to that seemingly fine institution of higher education.
How interesting things work behind the scenes when matters such as this get exposed. From our first reporting on Lincoln-Way D210 in December of 2015, where we exposed half a billion in debt for a school with less than 8,000 students, we have now seen three board members at D210 resign. The most recent resignation April 28th from Arvid C. Johnson, citing personal family matters. Most would agree that his departure is a good thing considering many of the corrupted acts that took place by ex-superintendent Wyllie were done while Johnson was the Board President.
Johnson, however, did not step down as President of the University of St. Francis in Joliet, but it does appear some house cleaning took place at that institution. Lawrence Wyllie is no longer listed as a trustee of that University. One can only wonder what went on to lead to that departure but we suspect the negative image created by Wyllie's past actions was a key contributor.
All things considered, the University of St. Francis may be wise to look for a new Board President as the optics are negative enough to give St. Francis a black eye with Johnson at the helm of that fine institution.
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