Allow me to introduce you to Mark Stern. Mark is the 45th recipient of our Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week award.
Really, all our STOTWs cause a lot of trouble, so when I say that Mr. Stern is exceptionally troubling, I don’t mean to slight any other STOTW.
Mark is the plaintiff in Mark O. Stern v. Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unity School District 200, a case he is taking all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Mr. Stern wished to see the contract of the school district’s superintendent, Gary Catalani. (I know, I know: The Horror!) He was denied. He still hasn’t seen it. The district has spent now spent over $62,000 to defend its non-right to keep the superintendent’s contract secret.
The case isn’t about the fact that Catalini makes more than $380,000 a year. What Stern wanted to know was what, in the contract, justified that level of salary.
These pesky citizens!
Mr. Stern, bravo, bravo, to you. You are lighting a lamp in the darkness.