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February 3, 2023

Wilbur Tillman Presided Over Unlawful Emergency Meeting Of Dolton SD 149 –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 4, 2022

Calumet City, IL. (ECWd) –

Dolton School District 149 held an emergency meeting, and an electronic-only, in violation of the Open Meetings Act on November 29, 2022.

During the meeting, the board appointed Mercedes Francisco to the alleged vacant board seat created by the board’s unlawful removal of another board member.

According to the Open Meetings Act, in order to hold an “emergency” meeting (with less than 48 hours’ notice), there must first be a bona fide emergency warranting the meeting. There is never an instance where a single board vacancy, created by the board itself, is a “bona fide emergency.”

Additionally, the board held a remote-only meeting without making the requisite findings that a remote meeting was necessitated by a declared gubernatorial disaster declaration or due to a public health emergency. Public bodies holding remote meetings “during a disaster or public health emergency” are required to announce their findings, or declaration, that the disaster or emergency exists making it unfeasible for the board to meet in person.

With two flagrant violations of the Open Meetings Act during this meeting, we believe the appointment of Francisco is invalid and will be declared void. It is unfortunate Francisco was placed in this situation by a rogue board, who continues to act unlawfully with the apparent blessing of their attorney, Edward James Wong III, of Del Galdo Law Group.

Previously this board removed their board chairman without statutory authority, appointed Wilbur Tillman as chairman in violation of statutory guidance requiring the vice-chairman to fill a vacancy of chairman, and then “charged and convicted” the chairman in order to remove her from her elected position for the “convictions” they created and “prosecuted” without any lawful authority to act as a Judicial Court while allegedly convicting a person of the crimes needed for removal from office.

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6 Comments
  • mahki sahn
    Posted at 19:16h, 04 December

    This is text book Delgado.. Allow for a mess to develop so those billable hours can mount. Delgado is a reflection of the head official in charge. Such bums

  • SC
    Posted at 20:33h, 04 December

    That photo of Tillman cracks me up every time I see it.

    • John Kraft & Kirk Allen
      Posted at 20:44h, 04 December

      it was a screenshot from the livestreamed meeting we attended

  • Jim Giglio
    Posted at 23:56h, 04 December

    I’m sure DEL GALDO is following orders from a certain mayor who paid for a certain school board members husbands funeral and then got a QUID VOTE to become a Supervisor !!!!! Said school board member WAS the president before Ms Ghani was elected to that position ! DIRTY DEEDS IN DOLTON

  • Mike Gorman
    Posted at 20:20h, 05 December

    Is Wilbur Tillman related to former Chicago Alderman Dorothy Tillman?

    Is he a fan of going downtown to do “SOME WINDOW SHOPPIN’?”

  • Hugh Janus
    Posted at 16:22h, 07 December

    According to CBS2 there was another Wilbur Tillman on the 149 Board who reportedly was causing some controversy by how he solicited campaign contributions for a District 149 election in 2021.

    The letter is interesting.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/dolton-school-board-member-ousting-vote-illegal-campaign-funding/

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