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 -,
Carolyn Drblik -,
Patti Rozanski -
Suzanne Schoenfeldt -,
Joe Makula -,
Becky Keane -
Dianne Olson -

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

[2] Chicago Tribune: Niles library board hires former mayoral candidate at $100 per hour, drawing scrutiny from some trustees


[4] Chicago Tribune: Niles youth group plans ‘Liberate the Library’ rally

[5] Chicago Tribune: 13 apply to fill vacancy on volatile Niles-Maine District Library Board

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.


Northwestside Coalition


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