Attorney General reviewing school board member's emails

Published 06/10 2013 10:15PM

Updated 06/11 2013 11:32AM

CHAMPAIGN -- A series of emails has a former school board member under investigation. The Illinois Attorney General's office is checking if former board president, Stig Lanesskog, violated the Open Meetings Act. He stepped down suddenly last week.

The complaint states Lanesskog sent several emails to incoming board members conducting official business in a private forum; that forum being email. It goes on to accuse Lanesskog of knowingly trying to avoid the Open Meetings Act.

The complaint provided copies of the emails which allegedly showed Lanesskog wanting all replies to only go back to him, and not any of the other incoming board members. Current board president Laurie Bonnett said she had "no comment" about the situation. But she did share what she hopes to get out of his replacement:

    Someone that's going to hold all us accountable and to
    think outside the box. We have a lot of challenges in front
    of us. So I need someone that can think critically with a
    level head and to help us all move forward.

The board is now taking applications for the open seat. One former candidate, Chuck Jackson, has expressed interest in the position.

Bonnett says the board would consider him and other interested parties during the closed session after Monday's open session. It has until July 22 to fill it.

The Attorney General's Office wouldn't say who filed the complaint. The name was blacked out on a copy of the complaint.

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