PTO members ‘frustrated’ in delay of trial of ex-treasurer
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2013 11:34AM
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:31AM
The trial of a woman charged with stealing more than $10,000 from a Grayslake school PTO has now been pushed to next year, further frustrating PTO and communitiy members hoping for a resolution.
Elizabeth Bako is accused of taking more than $10,000 from Frederick School while she was the PTO’s treasurer. Due to the alleged theft, the Grayslake fifth- and sixth-grade school’s PTO fund started with a zero balance at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, according to reports.
Her case has faced ongoing delays, and another one popped up Wednesday, Sept. 18, when Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Turk told Judge Victoria Rossetti that an expert witness would be unable to appear at previously scheduled dates. Turk requested a continuation of the trial call.
Defense Attorney Christopher Lombardo agreed with the request, and Rossetti scheduled a new trial date of Jan. 6 for Bako.
A group of PTO members and parents who have been attending Bako’s hearings in Lake County Circuit Court said Wednesday that the latest delay is “frustrating,” but that they will continue to follow the case in person and the PTO is moving forward toward recovery.
“The money needs to be returned,” said Grayslake resident Sharon Fenn.