Published Feb. 23, 2017
D181 back in court on referendum lawsuit
By Pamela Lannom
Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature on Senate Bill 3319 has not provided an immediate resolution to a lawsuit that has halted financing for a new Hinsdale Middle School.
Community Consolidated Elementary District 181’s attorney was back in court Wednesday to present the new law to Judge Bonnie Wheaton. Wheaton allowed the motion to supplement and also granted the plaintiff’s attorney additional time to respond.
“The ultimate outcome was that the case hearing originally scheduled for March 20 has been delayed one week and will now take place March 27,” Superintendent Don White wrote in a Wednesday email to district families and staff.
White said he will recommend to the board at its meeting Monday that the district keep the project moving forward through at least early May with the hope of a resolution.
“The lawsuit must be resolved before the sale of bonds can proceed,” White said.
Five Clarendon Hills residents filed the suit Dec. 28 asking a judge to rule the Hinsdale Middle School Nov. 8 referendum invalid because a legal notice about the ballot was published three days too early.
The amendment to Senate Bill 3319, which now is law, declares the results of the election valid.
As of Feb. 12, the district has spent $20,013 on legal bills.