Darien-Area PAC still keeps donors a secret

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On Tuesday, the state Board of Elections told Patch that Diogenes PAC was to reveal where it got $95,000 in seed capital after it formed last month.

The election commission also said Diogenes should file an electronic report rather than a handwritten report. In this way, its information can be consulted in the agency’s online database.

On Tuesday, the election commission sent a letter advising Diogenes that it cannot list more than $5,000 as starting capital. This means that the group must reveal its donors.

Diogenes did not return two messages left via his email address.

According to its election report, the committee is made up of Chairman Mark Safranski, Treasurer Lisa Donar and Member Ali Beseth. All are Cass Center teachers. Diogenes has a mailing address in Downers Grove.

On Tuesday, the Save Center Cass School District 66 committee reported receiving an additional $15,000 from Diogenes. Save Center Cass is campaigning for passage of a nearly 20% increase in the district’s share of the property tax bill. The referendum is on November 8.

In total, Diogenes has given Save Center Cass $57,167 so far. This represents 60% of the $95,000.

In its election committee report, the Illinois PAC for Education said it donated $95,000 to the Center Cass Education Association, the local teachers’ union, on September 9. Diogenes, who formed 17 days later, listed that same amount as his start-up capital.

It remains unclear why Diogenes was apparently set up as a transmission committee for union donations.

The school district says it would probably be fire teachers if referendum fails. In the summer, he laid off other types of employees, cut programs and shortened the school day.

Last month, the school board said money is missing to complete a full school year.

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