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Geneva library vacancy attracts 14 applicants to date

GENEVA – Fourteen people have taken out applications to be considered for the vacancy on the Geneva Public Library Board, officials said, and Bob McQuillan, a founder of a local taxpayer watchdog group called Geneva TaxFACTS, is among them.

“I did take out an application. I have not submitted it yet, but I will,” McQuillan said. “I think that if they want a cross section of people with different options, and who will express their opinions, then yes, they should appoint me. I am somebody who always has the community’s interest at heart.”

Board president Esther Steel said the library board members would follow the same process they always do when filling a board vacancy.

Library board members said they would meet in closed session with applicants in August and ask each of them the same questions.

“I’m sure all the candidates feel exactly like Bob,” Steel wrote in a text. “Bob will be interviewed by the full board, like all the candidates. And the full board will make the final decision. … Everyone is considered equally. And everyone will have the same questions asked and the same opportunity.” 

Applications must be returned to the library by 5 p.m. Thursday to be considered. 

The vacancy was created June 26 when Steve Andersson resigned to focus on his campaign for state representative in the 65th District.

Applications for the vacancy and information packets still are available at the library check-out desk, 127 James St.

Library officials refused to release the list of people who picked up applications to be considered for the vacancy. The Kane County Chronicle has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the list.

Steel said she would find out whether they can release the list of those who picked up packets for the position.

“We have never released that information,” Steel wrote in a text.

“The burden of proof is on them to show an exemption,” said Esther Seitz, an attorney at Craven Law, which represents Illinois media.

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