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Reward offered after threat to District 46 board member

Updated: March 26, 2013 2:25AM

GRAYSLAKE — A Community Consolidated School District 46 school board member has put up a $500 reward for information leading to the man who left a threatening message on her voice mail at home.

Shannon Smigielski, 43, who is two years into her first four-year term, said Thursday the incident has left her shaken and she doubts she will run for re-election because of it.

Grayslake Police Department confirmed they are investigating the incident.

“I’m offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide police with his identity,” she said. “I’m counting on the fact that since he was stupid enough to call, he might be stupid enough to brag about it.”

She received the voice mail at her home Saturday night just before midnight. “I heard the phone ring and I turned over and saw it was a private number on the call ID so I went back to sleep,” she said.

District 46 teachers went on strike Jan. 16 and both sides were negotiating over the weekend. Smigielski, a school bus driver for Woodland Elementary School District 50 in Gurnee, said she didn’t think about the call until the next morning when she found it was full of “expletives.”

“I’d really hate to see what happens to you and your daughters at school when I have my kids taunt them every day. Settle (the expletive) strike,” he said on the voice mail.

“Our sense of safety, and particularly mine, is violated and shaken to the core,” she said.

Smigielski decided to run for the school board because a few years back the district had to lay off 29 people. “My two daughters were directly affected by that. I just wanted to do whatever I could so we never would have to do a layoff again,” she said.

Threatening her kids “was way out of bounds,” she said and now she wants “to bring this person to justice.”

People can call police at (847) 223-2341 if they have any information. Her report number is 13-2382.

The school district and teachers’ union settled the strike and everyone went back to school Tuesday. No terms of the contract have been released and won’t be until the union votes on the contract.

A union representative said Thursday a date still has not been set to explain the tentative contract to members.

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