Chicago Heights Park District Holds Special Meeting, Stops Payouts

Chicago Heights Park District Holds Special Meeting, Stops Payouts
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Chicago Heights Park District Holds Special Meeting, Stops Payouts (Chicago Heights, IL) – This afternoon, the Chicago Heights Park District Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss and vote on several issues regarding recent moves.

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The special meeting began with the swearing in of the new and re-elected commissioners: Ward 2 Commissioner Elizabeth Perez, Ward 4 Commissioner Michele Baikauskas, Ward 5 Commissioner Jessica Mancina (re-elected), and Ward 6 Commissioner Curtis Straczek (re-elected). Oddly enough, newly appointed Ward 1 Commissioner LaShawn Ridley, Ward 3 Commissioner Kelley Nichols-Brown, and Ward 7 Commissioner Rodolfo Zuniga were not in attendance.

The meeting then went very quickly, with several motions being made and quickly passed by unanimous vote of the board members in attendance.

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Most notably, the board voted to stop the large severance payouts that were set to go to the recently resigned Frank Perez and Jose Ayala. Their payouts totaled over $200,000 in cash, plus benefits. These severance packages were recently reported on by The Southland Journal and can be read here. A video of the board meeting can be found below:

Commissioners Mancina and Perez provided comments:

Chicago Heights Park District Holds Special Meeting, Stops Payouts

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