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Referendum, new director on SG library’s horizon?

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Library District residents may need to be prepared for more change in the future: a new library referendum may be coming, as well as the beginning of a search for a new library director.

Board reviews
library finances

Sugar Grove Public Library Board Treasurer Dan Herkes predicted an approximate shortfall of $45,000 for the library during the 2011-12 fiscal year, and that is even after getting creative with how to manage the library’s finances.

“We’re trying to run a library here. We’re not trying to run a closed building. We don’t want to close the library. We want to keep it open. Now, how we do this-how we pay for this now-is going to be creative. Fortunately, I am in a creative mood right now,” Herkes said.

He said that the library’s expenditures will increase by nearly $79,000 in the coming fiscal year, from $557,097 to $635,782. To raise revenues to help offset the increase in expenses, Herkes suggested that the library could utilize $12,000 from a special reserve fund that currently holds $90,000. In addition, the board could add $25,000 in revenue to the fiscal year by liquidating an additional $75,000 fund over three years. That $25,000 would be earmarked to the library’s collection, which in turn would draw money into the library’s operating fund, helping off-set the overall expenditure increase.

Creative financial work aside, that still leaves an approximate $45,000 shortfall for the fiscal, he said, leading to his view that the Library District must attempt to pass an operating fund referendum.

“It’s imperative that the Sugar Grove Library District pass a referendum. I’m sorry; we don’t have any choice,” he said.

“Being creative without the help of the community is going to be very difficult,” Trustee Anthony Oliver said.

Board approves search
for full-time library director

The Library Board voted 6-1 to approve the search for a new library director, which will be conducted by the firm Alice Calabrese-Berry.

Oliver was the lone vote against hiring a search firm.

The approval for the search came two weeks after the board voted to reverse its decision to mediate with former director Beverly Holmes Hughes. The board had previously voted in favor of mediation with Hughes at its meeting on Oct. 13.

Board President Joan Roth, Vice President Art Morrical, and trustees Bob Bergman and Julie Wilson—the board members responsible for firing Holmes Hughes four months ago—voted in favor of reversing the decision to mediate.

Timeline of Sugar Grove Library

• July 14: Board votes 4-2 in favor of
firing director Beverly Holmes
Hughes. Arlene Kaspik hired as
interim director.

• Mid-August: Kaspik resigns

• Aug. 25: Board introduces interim
Director Marilyn Boria and issues
press release stating its reasons for
firing Holmes Hughes.

• Sept. 8: Board approves
appointment of Anthony Oliver as
board trustee

• Oct. 13: Board rules 4-3 in favor of
mediation with Holmes Hughes

• Oct. 27: Board votes 4-3 in favor of
no mediation with Holmes Hughes

• Nov. 10: Board votes 6-1 to
approve search for new library

SG Library Board votes in favor of mediation with former director

Measure opens the door to possible return of Hughes
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Library Board at its meeting on Oct. 13 voted 4-3 in favor of mediation between board trustees and former library director Beverly Holmes Hughes.

Board Secretary Bill Durrenberger, Treasurer Daniel Herkes, and trustees Anthony Oliver and Julie Wilson voted yes to mediation with Hughes, while President Joan Roth, Vice President Art Morrical and Trustee Bob Bergman voted no.

The decision to mediate came less than three months after Roth, Morrical, Bergman and Wilson voted to approve Hughes’ firing on July 14. Durrenberger and Herkes both voted against firing Hughes. Oliver was not a trustee at the time.

Several members of the public in attendance at the Sugar Grove Community House, where the Library Board meeting was held because of a scheduling conflict, asked the four board members during public comment to put aside their differences and mediate with Hughes, and also spoke at length about the library’s current financial situation. Resident Mari Johnson said the board could get things back on track—and mend its bond to the community—by making compromises and committing to mediation.

“Working to regain the public trust will not be an easy task, but is something that should be on the minds of each board member. You will not be able to move the library forward without the assistance of the public,” Johnson said.

Past Library Board president Douglas Hartman also spoke, chastising the board for bringing the library to “the brink of bankruptcy.”

“The community is owed an exact and specific explanation of the new direction you’re taking this library,” Hartman said. “Is it closing for more hours, more days, weeks (and) months? Is it taking it out on the overworked and underpaid staff? Be responsible, mature trustees and mediate this fiasco. Put it behind us. It is way past time for this board to put the taxpayers first. No more undefined new directions. No more throwing away money we don’t have and will not get. No more guesswork; no more maybes. Start tonight and put things right.”

Prior to the vote for mediation, the board went into executive session for 75 minutes. Durrenberger also announced that interim Library Director Marilyn Boria had voluntarily reduced her hourly pay from $72 to $50 in order to put in more hours for the library and help protect library staff from cutbacks.

“She didn’t want anyone to say anything … but you can’t let that go without public recognition,” Durrenberger said.

Once the meeting had reconvened, Durrenberger made it clear that the vote for mediation simply meant the board would talk to Holmes about whether or not she’d come back under the terms agreed to by both sides.

“I think there are people that would mediate for us at no charge, and I don’t think the delay would be that great. I think (mediation) is what we should’ve done all along, and I don’t think it’s too late to do it now,” he said. “It is what the public wants at this point in time, so that’s why I feel very strongly that (this) is what we should do.”

Oliver and Herkes both echoed Durrenberger’s sentiment. Wilson said she could see both sides of the issue between members of the board and Hughes, and was concerned with the library’s ongoing costs.

A break from the pattern

Library Board releases statement about firing Hughes; conflicts continue among board
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Library Board’s meeting on Aug. 25 began the same way as every Library Board meeting has since Beverly Holmes Hughes was terminated on July 14—extensive public comment sections, silence from the four board members who voted to terminate Hughes, and requests from those in attendance for the four board members to resign.

This Library Board meeting was different, however, as the board finally released a statement regarding Hughes’ termination, and also made a motion to cut all ties with the FOIA officer they were scheduled to approve.

The evening ended with trustees Bill Durrenberger and Daniel Herkes—acting as citizens, not board members—speaking to frustrated residents about how Sugar Grove can restore peace and order to its Library Board, which has been under the microscope the last month and a half.

Board explains their rationale for firing Hughes
Sugar Grove residents have been demanding an explanation from the Library Board for its decision to terminate former director Beverly Holmes Hughes on July 14.

And after four board meetings and more than a month of silence from Board President Joan Roth, Vice President Art Morrical, and Trustees Bob Bergman and Julie Wilson—the four who approved the termination of Hughes—Sugar Grove residents finally got their answer.

Following an executive session at the end of the initial board meeting, Trustee Bill Durrenberger, acting as board secretary, read a prepared statement on the board’s behalf. Durrenberger said his strong preference would be for the statement to come from the four board members who voted to approve the firing of Hughes.

“This is a library trustee statement concerning termination of the Library Director,” Durrenberger read. “Last month, Sugar Grove Public Library District Trustees Roth, Morrical, Bergman and Wilson voted to terminate the employment of Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Following the termination, those trustees have struggled with balancing the community’s right to know the reasons for Beverly’s dismissal with Beverly’s rights of privacy. They apologize for their tardiness in explaining their reasons.

“Their reasons for the decision include their belief that, A) Beverly did not provide financial information requested by them, B) Beverly made expenditures of funds without seeking board approval, C) Beverly did not provide programming as suggested by those trustees.

“Over the last few years, there have been difficulties and increased tensions between the four trustees and Beverly. Working relationship deteriorated to the point that the four trustees felt that change was necessary.

“Trustee Durrenberger and Trustee Herkes vehemently disagree with the majority’s reasons, did not vote for termination and do not believe termination was in the best interest of the Library District.

“Prospectively, the trustees are committed to hiring a new library director where the library director and the trustees establish a clear understanding as to their respective roles in providing quality library services to the Sugar Grove community. End of statement.”

The audience’s scorn towards the four board members erupted almost instantly after Durrenberger finished reading the prepared statement.

“Shame on you, Julie and Bob … shame on you,” resident Pat Graceffa said.

“It was all a manipulated move by Joan and Art, and you guys should be ashamed of yourselves,” resident Mari Johnson said. “I hope you guys can all look at yourselves in the mirror.”

“Joan, you are a poor excuse for a library president,” another resident stated.

Board fires FOIA officer
Earlier in the meeting, it was brought to the attention of many in attendance that Roth’s candidate for the board’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer position, Linda J. (L.J.) Gleysteen, a former employee of the West Aurora School District, had recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery. The charge stemmed from a February incident in which the then-Jefferson Middle School teacher sprayed a seventh-grade student in the eyes with a solution used to clean whiteboards.

Durrenberger addressed the public on the matter and then focused his questions toward the board, raising the issue of whether or not Gleysteen’s background was sufficient enough for the board to not work with her. Durrenberger said he believed her history was indeed relevant, and then turned his attention to the board president.

“Here’s the thing,” Durrenberger said to Roth. “You and I talked on the telephone about a week ago; that’s when you first told me you’d hired her. Remember that? You didn’t tell me her name—said she was L.J. or something like that. You didn’t mention one word about her background … not one word.”

Durrenberger said he had first encountered Gleysteen the previous Tuesday, when he had a FOIA request to respond to and thought to seek out the new FOIA officer. According to Durrenberger, he introduced himself to Gleysteen, at which time she simply introduced herself back as “L.J.” Durrenberger said he tried to get L.J. to tell him her full name, but she wouldn’t.

“Now, it’s obvious to me, Joan, what’s going on here: you and Linda were trying to hide her background from me … the two of you were. Now, you do understand that I am a trustee. I’m not just someone up here taking notes and doing minutes. I am a trustee—you do understand that, don’t you?”

“Absolutely,” Roth said.

“So you and Linda were trying to hide a relevant factor from me—a trustee,” Durrenberger said.

Durrenberger said he could not vote to keep Gleysteen as the board’s FOIA officer because it would be “encouraging this kind of deviousness and rewarding this kind of deviousness.” Durrenberger also stated that he might have at least considered Gleysteen as a candidate if Roth had been truthful with him about her criminal background.

“Under these circumstances, I am vehemently against rewarding your deviousness and Linda’s deviousness by continuing to have her work for this library,” he said.

Herkes echoed Durrenberger’s sentiments and added that the Gleysteen hiring would bring more bad publicity to a Library Board that has been under intense scrutiny since the Holmes firing.

Durrenberger then made a motion for a vote to terminate the board’s relationship with Gleysteen. The board voted 4-1 in favor of termination, with Roth voting present, and Trustee Bergman voting no.

Searching for a solution
After the board meeting, Durrenberger and Herkes met with residents in attendance across the street from the library, and stated that they were speaking as individual citizens, not Library Board members.

Durrenberger told the gathered crowd that the ultimate solution to their problems with certain Library Board members is to have solid candidates run for election and then vote them into office when seats come up for re-election.

“The problem is the next election … doesn’t come up until 2013,” he said. “That’s a long time from now. God only knows what’s going to happen between now and then. The problem is, how do we keep this interest going over a year from now?”

The next Library Board meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.

Decision’s impact continues

SG Library Friends disband; public demands board’s explanation for director firing
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Library Friends have decided to call it a day.

Less than a month after the Library Board’s dismissal of Director Beverly Holmes Hughes, the Library Friends have chosen to follow Hughes’ exit. Library Friends President Pat Graceffa announced the group’s decision to fold at the Library Board meeting on Aug. 11, which only increased the level of drama present that evening, as several members of the public in attendance voiced their frustration with the behavior and actions of Library Board President Joan Roth, Vice President Art Morrical, and trustees Julie Wilson and Bill Bergman—the four who approved Hughes’ termination on July 14.

Graceffa, speaking as a taxpayer during the meeting, called for the resignation of all four of the members with the reasoning that the board has yet to issue an official statement regarding the decision to terminate Hughes. Graceffa also criticized the board for “hiding behind saying ‘(their) attorney has told (them) not to comment,’” and had equally terse words for those who have spread “vicious rumors” around the community about why Holmes was fired.

“If you don’t know the real reason for the termination, then shut up,” Graceffa said, drawing immediate applause from members of the public in attendance.

Graceffa said she believes what Roth, Morrical, Bergman and Wilson have done to the community is unforgivable.

“It’s not even about them firing Beverly anymore, it’s about (them) not answering questions, not running meetings properly and putting those two board members (Wilson and Bergman) on the board in the way that they did-both of them being former board members who didn’t choose to run for re-election. It’s just their attitude … their attitude towards taxpayers. They feel like they just don’t have to answer any questions.

“The residents are letting the board know that they need to clean up their act and do a better job,” she said.

The Sugar Grove Library Friends made the decision to disband during their meeting on Aug. 8, at which point most of the group’s members were resigning.

“We take care of the Library Friends used bookstore, and we’ve had a lot of people resign; some of them have not given any reason, and others have told us it is because the library director was fired and they couldn’t support the board,” Graceffa said. “There’s no way we can fill 49 hours of volunteer work with just a few volunteers remaining.”

Graceffa wasn’t the only attendee requesting the resignation of the four board members, as Village Trustee Mari Johnson, past president Douglas Hartman and several others called for Roth, Morrical, Bergman and Wilson to step down during the public comment portion of the meeting. One person even called the current Library Board “a joke.” Village Trustee Kevin Geary implored the board to give a reason for Holmes’ termination or resign, while Sugar Grove Township Official Dan Nagle called the actions of the four “upsetting.”

Former board trustee Sabrina Malano also spoke during public comment, requesting that the board make a statement regarding the Hughes firing. Malano then defended her decision to help re-appoint Bergman and Wilson in June, claiming she did not know of the board’s intention to terminate Hughes at the time.

“Members of the public in attendance (were) out of order,” Morrical said. Morrical declined to comment further, citing legal advisement from the Library Board’s attorney.

Joan Roth could not be reached for comment.

Board Trustee Bill Durrenberger, who, along with Trustee Dan Herkes, voted against the termination of Hughes, also declined to comment. However, Durrenberger issued a statement last week, stating,“This is not a minor personnel issue; what the board has done is equivalent to the nuns kicking Mother Teresa out of the convent. An explanation is also required to protect a good person’s reputation.”

• According to Durrenberger, the board’s discontent with Holmes stemmed from three areas:
• Some or all of the trustees wanted to see different or additional programming, which Hughes was not providing despite the board’s request that she do so
• All four trustees claimed to have experienced difficulty in getting Hughes to provide them with financial and other information that was requested, in a timely manner or in the form that had been requested.
• All four trustees claim there were instances when Hughes made substantial expenditures or transfers of library funds without adequately informing the board in advance or thoroughly explaining the matter to the board after the fact. This is not to say that Hughes acted in an illegal or improper fashion; the board just took issue with Hughes supposedly not explaining or discussing the matter with them.

Graceffa said she understood that the Library Board wasn’t going to answer questions about Hughes’ termination during the meeting, but the board was made aware of certain questions during its meeting on July 21, and didn’t have answers to those questions, or even a prepared statement, at the meeting last Thursday.

“The people who came and asked questions at the last meeting were people I didn’t even know, so those were true library users there, and I think they deserve an answer,” she said.

Graceffa also said she wonders who will pay all the legal expenses that will be incurred, as well as the search for a new library director.

“To me, those are funds that could’ve been going towards buying books, buying DVDs, having programs … I just don’t think this was well thought out,” she said.

You can now add a new interim library director to the list of expenses, as current Interim Director Arlene Kaspik recently announced that she will step down from her position later this week. A special Library Board meeting to discuss a replacement interim director had been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Hughes fired by SG Library Board

Photo: Beverly Homes Hughes, accepting the Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in 2010, was terminated as Sugar Grove Library Director July 14 by a 4-2 vote by the Sugar Grove Library Board. The board has yet to release a statement as to the reason behind the termination. File Photo

2010 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year let go with no official reason provided
By Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s next library director will have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Beverly Holmes Hughes, who has served as library director for the last 21 years, saw her employment terminated by the Library Board during its regular meeting on July 14. The board voted 4-2 on the matter, with President Joan Roth, Vice President Art Morrical, and trustees Julie Wilson and Bob Bergman voting in favor of letting Hughes go.

Trustees Bill Durrenberger and Daniel Herkes voted against firing Hughes.

Hughes, who was named Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year in July 2010, said she preferred to not comment on the firing, but did say she was surprised by the board’s decision to terminate her employment.

“I was told that the Library Board wants to move in a new direction,” she said.

Holmes wasn’t the only person shocked by the board’s decision. Sugar Grove Trustee Thomas Renk expressed his disapproval of the Library Board’s decision during the village’s regular Village Board meeting on Tuesday.

“I think the Library Board made a big mistake,” he said.

Durrenberger said he wasn’t ready to talk about Hughes’ dismissal, but did say that a press release may be issued at some point.

“We’re currently beginning the search for a new library director,” he said.

Art Morrical could not be reached for comment.

In the meantime, the board has hired Arlene Kaspik, who was library director for the McHenry Public Library from May 1991 until her retirement in June 2007, as interim director while the board searches for a new, full-time library director.

Letter: To the Sugar Grove Library community

The Sugar Grove Public Library Board of trustees, along with the staff of the Sugar Grove Library and the Friends of the Sugar Grove Library, have decided that a referendum for operating funds not be on the April 2011 ballot, due to difficult economic times for the patrons and residents of Sugar Grove.

We feel strongly that we must recognize the economic strains on our community. The decision to wait until there is a more opportune time to run a successful referendum campaign addresses the financial constraints of our residents and the community understanding of how those additional library dollars would be useful.

There are many that wish the library could, and would, offer more to the community in terms of hours, collections and services. There are many that are without the resources to help financially support paying more for the library. Therefore, in good faith, we will postpone our desire to raise revenues for operating our library. At this time we are doing our best at providing hours and services while we work to balance keeping expenditures lean and library experiences rich.

We invite you to visit the library, patronize The Book Nook Cafe and support our Library Friends fundraising efforts.

Art Morrical, Sabrina Malano,
Julie Wilson, Robert Bergman,
Bill Durrenberger, Sheree Novotny,
Joan Roth
Sugar Grove Public Library
Board of Trustees

April 7 Sugar Grove election results

The following unofficial results are courtesy of Kane County. Winners are listed in bold.

Sugar Grove Village President

P. Sean Michels    957
Perry “PC” Clark    514

Sugar Grove Village Board

Joseph R. Wolf    600
Robert E. Bohler    733
David Paluch    601
Rick Montalto    627
Thomas F. Renk    661
Mary E. Heineman (Write-in): 450

Sugar Grove Community House Board

Vote for three
Stan L. Schumacher    957
Dan Long    938
Lillie Adams    1077

Tim M. Wilson    875

Sugar Grove Public Library Board

6-year term
Art Morrical    1352

Sugar Grove Public Library Board

Unexpired 4-year term
Joan R. Roth    942
Sabrina Malano    545

Sugar Grove Public Library Board

Unexpired 2-year term
William Wulff    327
Julie K. Wilson    794
Christina Cella    389

Sugar Grove Public Library Referendum

Yes    770
No    1277

Library Board candidates in separate races

2 of 3 seats are contested
by Susan O’Neill
There are three open positions on the Library Board. One candidate, Art Morrical, is running unopposed for the six-year term; three candidates are running for the two-year term; and two candidates are running for the four-year term.

The budget that the winners of these races will inherit will depend on whether or not the library referendum, also on this ballot, passes. Many of the candidates agree that they would like to bring back at least some of the programming the library cut at the beginning of 2007 after the fall 2006 referendum failed.

However, how much the board will be able to accomplish when the library moves into the new building this year will be affected by the referendum’s passing or failure.

Two Sugar Grove individuals are running for the full four-year term on the Sugar Grove Public Library Board: Sabrina Malano, appointed to fill an open seat in May 2008, and challenger Joan Roth.

Sabrina Malano

Malano said she is running for the position because she wanted more local input on decisions on how the funds for the new library are spent. Having served on the board during the past year, she said she has helped make responsible decisions on how to spend the building fund money. She said the project is currently under budget.

She said her financial background will be an asset to the board, as well as her marketing expertise. She said she could do the marketing for the library rather than pay someone external to do it.

Malano said the residents want more library hours available to them. However, she said that decision and the ability to add programs will depend on the results of the referendum. She hopes the residents come to realize that, especially within the current economy, they are getting a good deal with the services of the library.

“There is no bigger bang for your buck than a library,” she said.

She said the library has done a terrific job with the budget it has and she wants to continue to offer what it can. The children’s programs will continue, no matter what happens.

Her goals would include a continued responsible handling of the money approved in 2004. Many of the other decisions will depend on the referendum, Malano said. She would like to make the library a focal point of the community and have it work more closely with the school.

Joan Roth
Roth is running because she wants to see library programs reinstated. She would like to get the community more involved with the library, and make the public more aware of what it has to offer. She would also like to see more volunteer-run programs, which she feels will be more feasible with the additional space in the new library building.

She said her background as a classroom teacher and a department chair for social studies has given her leadership and management experience. She said she is a good listener and a frugal person who wants people to get as much value for their money as they can.

With the building referendum passed but not the referendum providing an increase in operating funds, the challenge for the board will be to find additional funds through grants, volunteer-led programs and other means of supplementing the budget. Her goals would include educating people on why libraries are still essential, even with the availability of the Internet.

“You can’t believe everything you read online,” she said.

She wants to let people know there is more to a library than just reading a book; they can obtain music, videos and more. She thinks the café will be a drawing card for the library and hopes that people will realize what a value the library is for the community, especially during these economic times.

“If I had to go out and buy books, I couldn’t afford to read,” she said.

Three candidates are competing for the two-year term position on the board. Library Friends Tina Cella and Bill Wulff are running against Julie Wilson, who was appointed to fill an empty spot on the board in July 2008.

Christina (Tina) Cella
Cella said she is running because the Library Board needs someone who understands the responsibilities of a board. She said the current board has missed an opportunity by not participating in helping to pass the referendum. Cella has put in many hours helping with communications for previous referendum attempts, she said.

As a consultant, she has worked with nonprofit boards to help them build strong boards and coach them on how to run board meetings, obtain participation and develop strategic plans.

Cella said the Library District’s top issues are funding, people’s perception of the library and what it is capable of doing for the community. She said she feels the board was misdirected in its tactic of cutting programs and that the measure devalued the library in the eyes of the community.

Cella said she hopes helping to pass the referendum will be something she does not have to address, but it might be. Her other goals are to help obtain recognition for the library within the community for the positive force it could and should be in Sugar Grove.

She wants a more formalized relationship with the schools, in which they can share faculty, staff, books and resources. She would like the library to help students with after-school projects, work with teachers and provide more programs for adults and seniors.

“I am very determined,” she said. “When I set my mind on something, I usually get it done.”

Julie Wilson
Wilson said she is running not because she is a politician, but an interested community advocate. The library was an important part of her childhood, and she said it is as important as any other educational program. She said every community should be so lucky to have one.

Wilson said her past experience and jobs have given her the opportunity to work with people of all ages. As a church secretary and through her involvement with the Sunday school program, she worked with both young and more mature people. Through the Kaneland schools, she helped out with the science program, working with teachers and students.

Wilson said the library’s top issues include the lack of hours of operation and programs since the referendum failed. She said she would like to be a voice for the young as well as to help bring back programs for seniors. She said the library staff should be encouraged to continue their education to help move the library forward in all areas, including technology.

Her top goals are to bring back and establish additional programs, encourage more community involvement with something for all ages, and to support the staff and the director. She said even with the cuts in hours, the staff continues to offer residents all the opportunities they can with limited hours and funding.

“With our economy, it’s a great place to go,” she said.

She said she feels the library is a real asset to a community, providing education when school is not in session and helping to bring growth to the community.

Bill Wulff
Wulff said he is running because the open spot provides an opportunity for him to contribute and have an impact. He said he wants to continue and build on what the present board members have accomplished.

Wulff said the experience and background he would bring to the board has nothing to do with a “library title.”

“Who really has library experience?” he said.

He said he is mature and qualified and wants to help build for the future.

He said he would have to listen to the people in the district to see what they want before setting specific goals, although he said the library should bring back some adult programs.

His goal would be to make sure the board accounts to the citizens for everything they give the district, to return to them more than it receives.

Library—four-year term
Sabrina Malano

• Birthplace: Chicago
• 1.5 years in Sugar Grove
• Occupation: Administrative role with the
Mid-America Financial Group; previously
was a financial representative
• Education: B.A. Marketing
• Family: Married; eight-month-old son
• Community involvement: Chair, sponsorship
committee, Sugar Grove Chamber of
Commerce and Industry; Communications
Committee member, Windsor Pointe HOA;
Chair, opening ceremony, Sugar Grove Corn
Boil 2008, 2009; appointed to fill Library
Board opening May 2008

Joan Roth
• Birthplace: Aurora
• 7 years in Sugar Grove
• Occupation: Retired 8th grade U.S. History
teacher, Aurora West High School
• Family: “I’m the last of my family; my
great-grandfather lived here.”
• Community involvement: Aurora Friends
Library Board; Sugar Grove and Elburn
Library foundations

Library—two-year term
Christina (Tina) Cella

• Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Penn.
• 5 years in Sugar Grove
• Occupation: Retired marketing and strategic
planning consultant for small businesses and
• Education: B.S. in secondary education,
English concentration, MBA, technical and
e-communication concentration
• Family: Married, three adult children,
one grandchild
• Community involvement: Marketing chair,
Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and
Industry; Vice President, Sugar Grove
Library Friends; Farmer’s Market volunteer;
Chair, communications committee, Windsor
Pointe HOA

Julie Wilson

• Birthplace: Peoria, Ill.
• 18 years in Sugar Grove
• Occupation: Kaneland school bus driver,
former church secretary
• Education: Associate degree, medical
office assistant
• Family: Married, two daughters, one
• Community involvement: Advocate for
Farmer’s Market, Kaneland John Shields
Parent Teacher Organization member, VP,
Girl Scout leader,
• Appointed to fill open spot on Library Board
July 2008

William Wulff

• Birthplace: Aurora
• 16 years in Sugar Grove/Prestbury
• Occupation: retired credit manager for
Industrial Credit; former owner, Aurora
Greenhouse Company
• Education: B.A. business and economics
• Single
• 4-year Vietnam veteran, U.S. Navy,
• Community involvement: Heather Ridge HOA
member, 14 of 16 years in roles of president,
vice president and secretary, Sugar Grove
Library Friend

Public invited to Candidate’s Night March 19

Sugar Grove Candidates Night will take place on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at 141 Main St. at the Community House in Sugar Grove.

Incumbent Village President Sean Michels is challenged by Perry Clark, former director of the Sugar Grove Economic Development Corporation.

There are three open village trustee positions. The five candidates are Robert E. Bohler, Rick Montalto, David Paluch, Thomas Renk and Joseph Wolf.

There are two open two-year library trustee positions. The three candidates are Christina Cella, Julie Wilson and William Wulff. There is one four-year term available. The two candidates are Sabrina Malano and Joan Roth.

There are three Kaneland School District Board open positions. The five candidates are Jonathan H. Berg, Kenneth L. Carter, Elmer Gramley, Cheryl Krauspe and Pedro Rivas.

There are three Sugar Grove Township Community House Board open positions. The four candidates are Lillie Adams, Dan Long, Stam Schumacher and Tim Wilson.

Each candidate in attendance will be introduced. Contested race candidates will provide a two-minute statement. Candidates for village president and village trustee will take part in a forum in which they will be asked a variety of questions.

Citizens may submit questions for the candidates in advance by sending an e-mail to Shari Baum, Executive Director, Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry at sbaum@ sugargrovechamber.org.