Still seeking community volunteers to assist in promoting (supporting) the referendum
Round Lake Area School District 116 continues to promote and help organize a community volunteer group whose main goal will be to promote support for the upcoming $29 million school building bond referendum. As I reported back on June 25th, this effort on the part of District 116 may very well be in violation of the Election Interference Prohibition Act, the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, as well as Illinois Association of School Boards pamphlet governing Illinois Laws Effecting the School Finance. The flier that was circulated and posted on many of the school’s websites showed Heather Bennett, Executive Assistant to Superintendent Dr. Constance Collins, as one of the main contact persons using the school’s email address.
A Google search reveals that RLAS District 116 is not only promoting the “External” Referendum Committee on their school sites, they are specifically using SEO (search engine optimization) tactics to help draw attention to their efforts in promoting the referendum. This appears to be in violation of the Election Interference Prohibition Act since the school’s websites appear to being used to PROMOTE the referendum: “No public funds shall be used to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition, or be appropriated for political or campaign purpose to any candidate or political organization.”
In addition to the SEO tactics, District 116 continues to promote the “External” Referendum Committee as shown below on the Beach Elementary website (second news item listed). You can also see the date this snapshot was taken of the site was July 4 which is bolded in the page’s calendar in the lower left side (little arrow is pointing at it).
Viewers who click on the View All tab end up on the following page promoting the referendum
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