Court rules in favor of Marion School District

By Julia Bruck - bioemail

MARION, IL (KFVS) - Supporters of the new Creal Springs School score big. On Wednesday a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the Marion Community Unit School District #2.

The ruling comes after months of legal battle, which started soon after a December school board meeting.

At that meeting, supporters of a new Creal Springs School filled the gym in the nearly 100 year old facility. Board members approved the sale of bonds to fund a new building.

Not long after the meeting, Marion attorneys Ron Osman and Tom Wolf launched a petition drive to stop the sale of the bonds and force a public vote on how the new school should be funded.

Supporters rallied for the school. Once the petitions were submitted a local resident filed a challenge and claimed the petitions were invalid. The election board agreed. The school district broke ground for the new school this summer.

Meanwhile, Wolf made a counter move and filed a lawsuit. In the lawsuit, Wolf asked the court to overturn the electoral board's decision. Instead the court sided with Marion school district on Wednesday.

For now, that means the new Creal Springs School will not be on the ballot this fall. The deadline to get such a referendum on the ballot is Thursday.

Wolf and Osman could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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