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posted: 5/28/2010 12:01 AM

Lawsuit unlikely to resolve Grafton dispute

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It's not exactly the trial of the century, but it's lasting about as long.

The dueling Grafton Township lawsuits were in court last week for a third day of testimony - and they're still not done.

Testimony will continue in front of McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell on Tuesday, June 1, when the township's attorneys will present additional witnesses.

Until Caldwell issues a decision, many of the issues contested in the lawsuits - the ability to fire or hire staff, control over offices and equipment, etc. - will remain unresolved.

Somehow, though, I don't think the lawsuit will resolve the dispute between Supervisor Linda Moore and the township board.

Both sides are determined to win, and the legal battle has likely only deepened their resolve.

That could mean three more years of acrimony, dysfunction and mounting legal bills. So much for the finality of a legal ruling.

District 300 on Facebook: It took years before my friends were able to persuade me to join the social networking website Facebook.

While many Facebook updates are a waste of time, Community Unit District 300 is hoping to make better use of the site.

The district has been on Facebook for about a month, providing updates on board decisions and upcoming programs and events.

The move is another way for the district to harness new media to reach as many people as possible. The district is already on Twitter, a website that allows users to send and receive short updates and commentary.

The Facebook initiative was a project of the district's communication services department and a committee of high school students: Cassie Castillo, Josh Kranz and Anna Vierneisel of Jacobs as well as Kirk Hanselmann, Ryan Smith, and Shelby Spjuth of Dundee-Crown.

To start receiving District 300 updates via Facebook, visit and search for "CUSD300."

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