District 229 School Board Moves to Remove Board Member Rob Cruz from His Seat (Oak Lawn, IL) – On Wednesday, January 12th, a special meeting will be called for the censure of
Robert Cruz. A resolution to have Cruz removed from the board for filing a lawsuit against
Governor Pritzker, on August 19th, 2021, will be voted on by his peers.
“I am deeply saddened that our board president has decided to side with Governor Pritzker (at the advice of Odelson and Sterk).”
Many parents agree with Cruz’s position. One group was even planning a rally in his support for Wednesday.
“As a board, we voted on July 21st, on the recommendation of the administration to be mask-optional. Prior to that vote, we collectively agreed that Bill 2789 (giving the health department and governor’s office authority over private and public-school openings, during a time of an emergency) was not in District 229’s interest and we preferred to resume local control of our decision-making for our kids. District 229’s council aided Attorney General Raoul in venue-shopping the case to the northern district court, while all the matters put before the court involving the governor have been in Sangamon County.”
“The lawsuit has been about retrieving local control as the Legislature has failed to pass laws, during this time of emergency, to guide the people of IL through this time. Instead we have allowed unchecked executive authority, by the office of the governor, to advance a one-size-fits-all approach.”
“At our school alone, the mental health aspects have been overwhelming. We have had 4 bomb threats, kids threatening to bring fire arms to school, increased drug use (to the point where bathrooms have had to be shut down during school hours), double-digit increases in kids seeking help at the counselor’s offices and children fighting to the point of expulsion.”
“Across the state, we have had more children die of suicide than Covid-19!”
“So if I am to be removed, let us tell the truth on what is going on here… I am being targeted because I refuse to accept government overreach in America, especially in our state of Illinois,” said Cruz.
District 229 School Board Moves to Remove Board Member Rob Cruz from His Seat