Emails Regarding Steven Yasell & Stephen Folga

Northwestside Coalition filed this request with the Niles-maine District Library of Niles, IL.
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From: Northwestside Coalition

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

all emails that contain any mention of Steven/Steve Yasell and/or Steve/Stephen Folga between October 5, 2021 and the date this request is processed (inclusive of those dates), sent to or received from (including To, Cc, Bcc fields) these email addresses:

Cyndi Rademacher - crademac@nileslibrary.org, cyndi.rademacher@nileslibrary.org
Carolyn Drblik - cdrblik@nileslibrary.org, foiarequest.cd@gmail.com
Patti Rozanski - prozansk@nileslibrary.org
Suzanne Schoenfeldt - sschoenf@nileslibrary.org, keeneyqueen@sbcglobal.net
Joe Makula - jmakula@nileslibrary.org, makulajoseph@yahoo.com
Becky Keane - bkeane@nileslibrary.org
Dianne Olson - dolson@nileslibrary.org
trustees@nileslibrary.org

Steven Yasell and Steve Folga are applicants for the vacant Niles-Maine District Library board seat that Olivia Hanusiak left upon her resignation in August 2021.[1]

Trustees Carolyn Drblik, Olivia Hanusiak, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula introduced a measure to hire Steven Yasell’s video production company for a $100 per hour unlimited contract.[2] Yasell did campaign videos for the Niles Maine Library Trustees Ready for Change slate of candidates that included Olivia Hanusiak, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula which suggests a conflict of interest. This caused a community uproar with a letter-writing campaign called “Reject the Corrupt Contract” organized by the Niles Coalition.[3]

Stephen Folga was a member of the Niles Maine Library Trustees Ready for Change slate which included current board members Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula. In a candidate forum Makula made racist comments[4] that none of his slate, including Stephen Folga, disavowed.

Both Steven Yasell and Stephen Folga currently seek the vacant trustee seat.[5] The decision to approve an applicant rests upon the board of trustees which include Carolyn Drblik, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula.

[1] Chicago Tribune: Members of activist group seek diversity on Niles-Maine Library Board as trustees prepare to fill vacant seat
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/niles/ct-nhs-library-board-vacancy-tl-0923-20210916-fnm3vunb4fgsvhwfmsamdosgci-story.html

[2] Chicago Tribune: Niles library board hires former mayoral candidate at $100 per hour, drawing scrutiny from some trustees
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/niles/ct-nhs-library-board-tl-0527-20210525-dl3ralgk2jb2hok574aubltkve-story.html

[3] https://www.nilescoalition.org/2021/05/28/reject-the-corrupt-contract/

[4] Chicago Tribune: Niles youth group plans ‘Liberate the Library’ rally
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/niles/ct-nhs-youth-library-rally-tl-1014-20211012-vpixdpjdqvaanhhoux3f2j52zq-story.html

[5] Chicago Tribune: 13 apply to fill vacancy on volatile Niles-Maine District Library Board
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/niles/ct-nhs-library-applicants-tl-1028-20211021-nllgz7q44jf5fbibfvsuvjb2ci-story.html

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Northwestside Coalition

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