SD 218’s Pratl quits; challenger drop...

SD 218’s Pratl quits; challenger drops case

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Oak Lawn, IL

#1 Jun 25, 2011
(from Southtown June 22)

Though he’d not yet officially been sworn in, Community High School District 218 6th District incumbent Ron Pratl has resigned from the school board.

In a written statement issued Wednesday, Pratl said that “due to unforeseen personal and medical circumstances, I am unable to continue my services to the district.”

Also on Wednesday, candidate Linda Flanagan Vahl, who ran against Pratl in the April election, voluntarily dropped her election challenge — which would include a vote recount in all of the 6th District’s 14 precincts — citing the legal cost of continuing the case. It was not clear whether Flanagan Vahl was aware of Pratl’s decision to step down.

According to official election results, Pratl was certified as the election winner by a slim 21-vote margin.

Despite winning re-election, Pratl had not yet been sworn in to serve a new term on the school board.

Because a judge did not overturn the outcome, Flanagan Vahl does not officially have claim to the seat, according to District 218 attorney Burt Odelson.

As a result of the vacancy, District 218 is seeking applications for a school board member within the 6th District through July 1. Flanagan Vahl hopes that District 218’s board will consider her.

Oak Lawn, IL

#2 Jul 8, 2011
So who is getting appointed? There are people that want to know.

Chicago, IL

#3 Jul 18, 2011
Seen enough already

Dallas, TX

#4 Dec 6, 2011
Pratl was never replaced on the board. This school board is operating with only 6 members. I not sure if that is legal . I know it isn't ethical. The People from Chicago Ridge don't have a representative on the board now. I guess that just gives our guy Corsi more opportunity to hire more of his friends and relatives. That whole board should be replaced with some fresh faces and stop the patronage .

United States

#5 Jan 22, 2012
No room for more corsi people until they get rid of pratl s people

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