Several Berwyn politicians are rethinking their endorsement of embattled Morton High School District 201 Board of Education President Jeff Pesek. A recent Chicago Sun-Times report revealed Pesek had business and personal connections with convicted drug traffickers and mob members. Berwyn CARES, a local education advocacy group has called for his resignation.
Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero along with Aldermen Theodore Boyajian and Nona Chapman sent emails to constituent urging them to vote for Pesek, as well as several other candidates supported the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn. All three officials are members of that party.
Lovero attempted to deflect some of the criticism from Boyajian and Chapman, saying, “Both of these two just forwarded what I sent them.”
In a prepared statement, Lovero said, “I, like the majority of citizens, endorsed Mr. pesek due to his prior performance as High School District 201 Board President... I am satisfied that his concerns are for the betterment of our young men and women.
“The newspaper article nowhere states that he was or has been accused accused of any crime. If we are to be judged by our past affiliations, then our system of justice crumbles,” Lovero's statement said.
Chapman said that she knew nothing of Pesek's shady connections prior to her endorsement. “I've worked with Jeff on National Night, and quite honestly, a write-in candidate is very hard to endorse,” said Chapman, alluding to Rita Maniotis, who ran a write-in candidacy after being booted due to a technical objection from a former treasurer for the Democratic Citizens of Berwyn.
Chapman stopped short of calling for Pesek's resignation, saying, “I don't know enough about it really.”
Boyajian was more direct in his rebuttal. “I knew nothing about it and if I did, I never would have endorsed him. Anybody who knows me knows I do not condone that,” Boyajian said.
Boyajian also stopped short of calling for Pesek's resignation and said that should be left up to his fellow board members.
The board of education's next meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Morton West High School.
Thanks to Berwyn Life
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