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#82
Jan 15, 2013
 
Accused D218 Board Member Skips Meeting

Johnny Holmes is said to be "weighing his options" in the wake of his second DUI arrest and abrupt retirement from his job at the Robbins police chief.

Questions remain about whether a District 218 board member charged with DUI will continue his tenure.

Johnny Holmes, who was pulled over in Midlothian while allegedly carrying a flask of alcohol on Dec. 22, failed to show for a regularly scheduled Community High School District 218 Monday night. Holmes is accused of drunken driving for the second time in three years. He announced his retirement from his job as the Village of Robbins police chief earlier this month.

Board President Randy Heuser said he spoke Sunday afternoon with Holmes, who indicated he was "weighing his options" for how to proceed with the school district.

"He still hasn't decided what he'd going to do," Heuser said. "After he makes his decision, we will, as a board, decide what our options are at that point.

"It's way too early for us to do anything because we don't know anything," he added.

Holmes told the president that he believed he still has much to offer the board.

"Obviously, one of (his options) would be resignation," Heuser said. "He still feels he has a lot to contribute to the board ... He's going to weigh the pros and cons."
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#83
Jan 16, 2013
 
No one wonder why the school system is a joke when you have people like Johnny Holmes as a leader.
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#84
Jan 20, 2013
 
longtime res wrote:
Eisenhower High School is one of the worst schools in the state and is only getting worse.All this does is bring down our property values.
Eisenhower High School ranked 564 out of the 669 Illinois High Schools for 2011-2012 school year and this is a slide of 20 spots from the 2010-2011 school year. They fall into rankings with many of the Chicago Public High Schools, although some of the Chicago schools do rate high. District 218 priorities are way off and are in need of major adjustments. Maybe these administrtors and board members should concentrate on what the top 25% schools are doing right and follow suit. There are schools that are title I and diversed among these top 25% ranked schools, so there should be no excuse. If they can not get the job done take a look at who does and if they can't do that, then it is time to step a side for the sake of the children. Absolutely, no more contracts extended, administrative increases or bonuses until parents and taxpayers see results!! These principals and administrators are paid extremely well, some of the best paid in the state, and it is high time they earn it.
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#85
Jan 21, 2013
 
Meeting wrote:
Accused D218 Board Member Skips Meeting
Johnny Holmes is said to be "weighing his options" in the wake of his second DUI arrest and abrupt retirement from his job at the Robbins police chief.
Questions remain about whether a District 218 board member charged with DUI will continue his tenure.
Johnny Holmes, who was pulled over in Midlothian while allegedly carrying a flask of alcohol on Dec. 22, failed to show for a regularly scheduled Community High School District 218 Monday night. Holmes is accused of drunken driving for the second time in three years. He announced his retirement from his job as the Village of Robbins police chief earlier this month.
Board President Randy Heuser said he spoke Sunday afternoon with Holmes, who indicated he was "weighing his options" for how to proceed with the school district.
"He still hasn't decided what he'd going to do," Heuser said. "After he makes his decision, we will, as a board, decide what our options are at that point.
"It's way too early for us to do anything because we don't know anything," he added.
Holmes told the president that he believed he still has much to offer the board.
"Obviously, one of (his options) would be resignation," Heuser said. "He still feels he has a lot to contribute to the board ... He's going to weigh the pros and cons."
When will the board determine the next step?
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#86
Jan 21, 2013
 
Call a cab next time Johnny... for you, Bernie, Jeff, and the rest of your friends!
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#87
Jan 23, 2013
 
Quote from Oak Lawn Patch "It was revealed last fall that three maintenance administraters had felony convictions on their records when they were hired and promoted at 218, the Board and Superintendent Byrne remained absolutely silent. As I understand it, one administrator was convicted of residential arson; another was convicted for possessing unregistered firearms; and a third had multiple weapons convictions, including a loaded weapon on school grounds."

If this information is at all acurate, this district is flirting with disaster. Tell me are they trying to make National News? Are our children going to be the next victim's of some lunatic's rampage because of the boards ethical questions and appearences of impropriety. This is truley scarey and it is high time to contact The South Cook Intermediate Service Center about all these issues.
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Furious Parent Taxpayer wrote:
Quote from Oak Lawn Patch "It was revealed last fall that three maintenance administraters had felony convictions on their records when they were hired and promoted at 218, the Board and Superintendent Byrne remained absolutely silent. As I understand it, one administrator was convicted of residential arson; another was convicted for possessing unregistered firearms; and a third had multiple weapons convictions, including a loaded weapon on school grounds."
If this information is at all acurate, this district is flirting with disaster. Tell me are they trying to make National News? Are our children going to be the next victim's of some lunatic's rampage because of the boards ethical questions and appearences of impropriety. This is truley scarey and it is high time to contact The South Cook Intermediate Service Center about all these issues.
Board President Randy Heuser said he spoke Sunday afternoon with Holmes, who indicated he was "weighing his options" for how to proceed with the school district.
"He still hasn't decided what he'd going to do," Heuser said. "After he makes his decision, we will, as a board, decide what our options are at that point.
"It's way too early for us to do anything because we don't know anything," he added.
Holmes told the president that he believed he still has much to offer the board.
"Obviously, one of (his options) would be resignation," Heuser said. "He still feels he has a lot to contribute to the board ... He's going to weigh the pros and cons."

How much longer will the 218 board president wait and the board wait?
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Jan 26, 2013
 

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New board members Needed!
Take the time to vote new people in on April 9th!
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Jan 27, 2013
 
Steady Decline wrote:
New board members Needed!
Take the time to vote new people in on April 9th!
Who's running? That's what I want to know. I have not heard of one person running for the Board. Anybody know? Eisenhower is a den of inequity and stupidity. As a parent I don't know who's morals are worse in that school, the boy's or the girl's. As far I can see it. The girls who go to that school could teach high priced "Call Girls" a thing or two. Has anybody ever heard the girls talk to each other and to the boys. My son comes home with some pretty shocking stuff he says goes on there.
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#91
Jan 27, 2013
 
How could the school board not know anything!!! They DO know that Holmes was arrested 2 times for DUI. Can't see that he has anything more to offer. Does he want to stick around becasue another family member will need a job soon!!!
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Feb 9, 2013
 

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AParent wrote:
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Who's running? That's what I want to know. I have not heard of one person running for the Board. Anybody know? Eisenhower is a den of inequity and stupidity. As a parent I don't know who's morals are worse in that school, the boy's or the girl's. As far I can see it. The girls who go to that school could teach high priced "Call Girls" a thing or two. Has anybody ever heard the girls talk to each other and to the boys. My son comes home with some pretty shocking stuff he says goes on there.
Chrishello Bonds! Bright, energetic, new comer, write in candidate, bringing integrity to the 218 Board! It is time for CHANGE!
She has MY family's Vote on April 9, 2013!
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#93
Feb 9, 2013
 
High time for Voters to SEE NEW CANDIDATES for elected office!
Thanks for Stepping Up! We the Voters DEMAND Integrity!
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Feb 9, 2013
 
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Chrishello Bonds! Bright, energetic, new comer, write in candidate, bringing integrity to the 218 Board! It is time for CHANGE!
She has MY family's Vote on April 9, 2013!
Please tell us more, which sub district is she running in and is she running against Heuser and Burmeister? I believe we can only vote for candidates in our sub district and if she is, she will get my family's votes as well. ALL THESE OTHER LOSERS MUST GO!!!
As a matter of fact I will work to help her get elected!!! How do I get involved?
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Electing Chrishello Bonds as a WRITE IN Candidate will give her the opportunity to commit to making a difference in our children lives.
“LET HER VOICE BE YOUR VOICE…..ELECT A NEW ADVOCATE FOR OUR CHILDREN”
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#96
Feb 23, 2013
 
livehereforever wrote:
How could the school board not know anything!!! They DO know that Holmes was arrested 2 times for DUI. Can't see that he has anything more to offer. Does he want to stick around becasue another family member will need a job soon!!!
Kadner: Cook County Sheriff offers hope for Robbins
By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com February 20, 2013 11:02PM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart makes a statement during the town hall meeting at the Robbins Community Center in Robbins, IL on Tuesday February 19, 2013.| Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 4:05PM
An angry Wanda Hampton shouted that Robbins police had yet to solve the murder a year ago of her 21-year-old son, Dwayne Robinson, who was shot in front of her home.
“This town’s not over 10 blocks long, and we can’t solve a murder,” Hampton said.
Clantcha Miller, 69, said she told Robbins police repeatedly that her grandchildren had broken into “seven or eight” homes in the neighborhood and “nothing happened until they were caught breaking into a store in Midlothian.”
Hampton and Miller were just two of about 75 Robbins residents at a town hall meeting Tuesday night to hear that a new sheriff was in town.
That’s Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who announced at a news conference at the Robbins Community Center an hour earlier that his department had discovered 51 unprocessed rape kits in the village police department’s evidence room.
There was also a “barrel of guns,” confiscated by Robbins police officers but never sent to the feds to check for links to other crimes, Dart said.
“Those guns were just dumped in a barrel,” he told me.“There must have been about 50 handguns. And there were shotguns and other guns lined up nearby.”
Dart’s office is primarily responsible for patrolling unincorporated areas of Cook County. But the role of the sheriff’s police has expanded over the years because of criminal conduct by some suburban police departments (such as Ford Heights) and budget cuts in other towns.
Dart contends that the state law creating his office gives him leeway to swoop in and protect the public wherever there’s criminal activity in Cook County.
“It’s like the law was written for a sheriff in the Old West,” he said.
Sheriff’s police provide evidence technicians for about 60 suburbs that can no longer afford to hire their specialists. The department also has a gang unit that, through a sophisticated tracking technology, keeps close tabs on street gang activity in the suburbs, Dart said.
The sheriff will now provide a patrol car and support services to Robbins, although Dart indicated to Robbins citizens that his department will offer them a wide range of law enforcement assistance.
Even before the announcement Tuesday, Dart said his officers had made about 160 arrests in Robbins during 2012, an extraordinary number for a suburb that has its own police force.
At the town hall meeting, he heard numerous senior citizens complain of home burglaries by local teenagers. Most of the residents said that when they called police, they were told there was a point system that prevented Robbins police from arresting juveniles.
Dart said that while the Cook County state’s attorney’s office has a point system for determining what type of crime qualifies a teenager for juvenile detention,“a crime is a crime” and minors who break the law should be charged.
More than one senior citizen warned that if police officials didn’t act soon, the residents would take matters into their hands.
“They just don’t have the money to fund the police department the people here deserve,” Dart told me.
“It’s mostly a part-time police department.”
Robbins police Cmdr. Christian Daigre said the department has four full-time administrative officers and 50 part-time patrol officers.
Former Police Chief Johnny Holmes resigned in December after he was charged with drunken driving for the second time in three years. An interim police chief has taken his place.
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#97
Feb 23, 2013
 
Joker wrote:
No one wonder why the school system is a joke when you have people like Johnny Holmes as a leader.
I thought John Holmes died a long time ago. Didn't he catch aids from all the movies he made?
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Feb 23, 2013
 
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Board President Randy Heuser said he spoke Sunday afternoon with Holmes, who indicated he was "weighing his options" for how to proceed with the school district.
"He still hasn't decided what he'd going to do," Heuser said. "After he makes his decision, we will, as a board, decide what our options are at that point.
"It's way too early for us to do anything because we don't know anything," he added.
Holmes told the president that he believed he still has much to offer the board.
"Obviously, one of (his options) would be resignation," Heuser said. "He still feels he has a lot to contribute to the board ... He's going to weigh the pros and cons."
How much longer will the 218 board president wait and the board wait?
What decisions have the Board President Randy Hauser and board member Johnny Holmes made?
How much longer do taxpayers have to wait?
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Feb 24, 2013
 

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So Let me get this straight, Johnny Holmes, who was Police Chief of Robbins never made sure 50 rape kits where processed to find the perps, stock piled guns off the street without processing them to see where they came from or what other crimes they where involved in and also gave some lame excuse why young hoods could not be delt with in his jurisdiction to elderly victims, still sits on the Board of District 218!!! This is really messed up and Board President Randy Heuser has his priorities screwed up if he beleives Holmes has a lot more to contribute to the board!!! Holmes needs to resign his position NOW and voters of our community should think long and hard about voting Heuser into any other position in our community with his attitude and and support for Holmes in this whole District 218 situation. Do we really need this thought process in Blue Island? Absolutley NO WAY!!!! Voters please be smart!!!
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So Let me get this straight, Johnny Holmes, who was Police Chief of Robbins never made sure 50 rape kits where processed to find the perps, stock piled guns off the street without processing them to see where they came from or what other crimes they where involved in and also gave some lame excuse why young hoods could not be delt with in his jurisdiction to elderly victims, still sits on the Board of District 218!!! This is really messed up and Board President Randy Heuser has his priorities screwed up if he beleives Holmes has a lot more to contribute to the board!!! Holmes needs to resign his position NOW and voters of our community should think long and hard about voting Heuser into any other position in our community with his attitude and and support for Holmes in this whole District 218 situation. Do we really need this thought process in Blue Island? Absolutley NO WAY!!!! Voters please be smart!!!
Yes, this is a serious problem.
Why are these unethical actions and behaviors tolerated?
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Holmes and Hauser seem to have forgotten why they were elected to the board and why they are in office.

Mr. Hauser, Coalition/Progressive Blue Island Independent Party member would like to be elected as Clerk for Blue Island, he and his party members have NOT served the best interest of the community, and most likely will continue to do what they've been doing all along.

My family can NOT vote for him or his party.

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