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Former alderman gets warning in crash

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 11:28 p.m. CST

GENEVA – Former 3rd Ward Alderman Ray Pawlak received a written warning notice for failure to yield in an intersection after a crash, police reports show.

No one was injured in the crash, which happened about 3:35 p.m. April 11 at the intersection of Route 31/North First Street and Hamilton Street, according to the crash report.

Pawlak, 49, of the 600 block of Parker Court, was traveling west in a 2010 Ford F-150 when he struck the driver’s side of a 2002 Honda Odyssey traveling south, driven by a  35-year-old West Chicago woman, according to the crash report.

Pawlak said he did not know why he got a warning notice instead of a ticket. Pawlak said his being a former alderman was not a factor.

“He didn’t know, and I didn’t say,” Pawlak said. 

Police Cmdr. Julie Nash wrote in an email that giving a ticket or a warning for a traffic violation is at the discretion of officers.

Pawlak served 16 years as an alderman until 2011, when he chose not to seek another term.

In a December 2010 crash that involved three cars, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Burns declined to comment about the difference in citations.

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