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Wilmette School District 39 Fails To Provide Evidence That Its April 2011 Referendum Ballot Language “Followed Illinois Law”

View as PDF CONTACT: Herbert Sorock (847) 251-8955 (h) email: h.sorock@gmail.com WILMETTE, IL –Wilmette School District 39 has failed to substantiate its December 3, 2012, claim in a media release that its April 2011 referendum ballot language “correctly followed Illinois law as it existed at that time.” On January 18, 2013, Sorock submitted a written [...]


Wilmette School District 39 Continues to Mislead Public, Cover Up Illegal Ballot Language

View release as a PDF WILMETTE, IL – Despite a recent change to the property tax code that clarifies how property tax increases are calculated, Wilmette School District 39 is choosing to continue its campaign to mislead residents over the illegal ballot language they used in a recent referendum that underestimated tax increases by more [...]


Illinois Courts Bully Taxpayers

View release as a PDF Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA), today submitted notice to the Illinois Court of Appeals 1st District, of their intent to withdraw their complaints against Oak Park SD 97 and Wilmette SD 39. The complaints had alleged that the two school districts intentionally understated by at least two thirds, [...]


Taxpayers United Files Petition With Ill. Supreme Court in Oak Park Dist. 97 Case

View release as a PDF On June 5, 2012, plaintiffs Taxpayers United of America (TUA) and Noel Kuriakos filed a “Petition for Leave to Appeal” with the Illinois Supreme Court regarding its lawsuit against Oak Park Dist. 97, which places the petition in the Court’s hamper of cases, whereby the Court will decide whether or [...]


Does Truth Matter?

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OAK PARK—On Thursday, May 3, Taxpayers United of America (TUA) will canvass the streets of Oak Park with flyers in order to raise awareness about the deceptive referenda ballot language used by the Oak Park Government School District 97 in 2011. The district’s tactics resulted in a successful property tax increase. TUA later filed suit [...]


Who’s There? Justice for Oak Park Taxpayers!

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View release as a PDF OAK PARK—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) is taking their demand for justice to the streets of Oak Park. In a canvass blitz of Oak Park Government School District 97, TUA is pedaling awareness of the status of its lawsuit against the district. “Every resident in the district needs to be [...]


Courts Grant Taxpayers United of America’s Motions in Three April 5th Referenda Irregularity Cases

On August 24, 2011 the Circuit Court of Cook County, by Judge LeRoy K. Martin, Jr., granted Anthony Peraica, former Cook County Commissioner and a concerned taxpayer in Riverside-Brookfield and Taxpayers United of America, (“TUA”) one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America, left to file an amended complaint in their case against the Riverside-Brookfield [...]


Taxpayers Appeal Wilmette and Oak Park Referenda Rulings

CHICAGO–Local taxpayer groups filed appeals to contest two judicial decisions allowing property tax increase referenda wording to stand in the April 5, 2011 elections in Oak Park School Dist. 97 and Wilmette School District 39. In two separate court decisions, judges ruled that both school districts were within the law when their ballot descriptions of [...]


Legal Battle Continues Over Ballot Language

CHICAGO- Taxpayers United of America (TUA) and voters continue the legal battle against illegal and unconstitutional property tax increases in Wilmette School District 39 and Oak Park School District 97. In Wilmette School District 39, Judge Rita Novak of the Circuit Court of Cook County, ruled against both TUA and Herb Sorock, dismissing their lawsuit.  [...]


Wilmette School Board 39 Violated the Law

Taxpayers United of America (“TUA”) and Wilmette resident Herbert Sorock filed papers with the Circuit Court of Cook County June 7, 2011 claiming Wilmette School District 39 violated the U.S. Constitution, the Illinois Constitution, and the Illinois Property Tax Code by using ballot language in its April 5th property tax increase referendum that significantly failed [...]


Wilmette School Board Objects to Saving Taxpayers’ Money

CHICAGO–Yesterday, the Wilmette School District 39 Board successfully objected to a move by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) which would have saved the taxpayers thousands of dollars. TUA had moved to consolidate two of the referendum cases it has filed so they could be heard as one case.  The lawsuits involve both Wilmette School District [...]


Taxpayers Continue to Battle Invalid Property Taxes

The property taxpayers in three school districts continue to battle the property tax increases resulting from the April 5th referenda. In Oak Park School District 97 and in Wilmette School District 39, the initiatives were adopted by the Voters. In Riverside Brookfield District 208, the voters overwhelmingly rejected it, but the lawsuit is seeking damages [...]


Suit Filed to Challenge Wilmette’s April 5th Property Tax Increase Referendum

On May 16, 2011 a law suit was filed by Herbert Sorock, a property tax payer in Wilmette, and Taxpayers United of America (TUA), one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America.  The suit filed against the Wilmette School Board District 39 and its members, challenges the legality of the ballot used in the April [...]


Court to Decide Whether to Restrain Oak Park Property Tax Increase

On May 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Judge Mary Mikva will hear and determine whether a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction should be issued against Oak Park School District 97 and its individual members to enjoin them from attempting to collect the new property tax increase approved by the voters on April 5, 2011.  [...]


Taxpayers Fight Back in Oak Park and Riverside-Brookfield

CHICAGO- Two lawsuits were filed today in Illinois by disgruntled taxpayers and Taxpayers United of America (TUA). The suits attack the way in which the property tax increase referenda were placed on the April 5th ballot in Oak Park School District 97 and in Riverside-Brookfield District 208. Both of those districts as well as at [...]