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ITHA TO PROVIDE RECORDS
According to the Bylaws, Joe Kasperski's elected term as President expired on 12-1-05. We believe he and the Board of Directors unilaterally cancelled the fall 2005 election and extended their term in office by one year. Members believe that the ITHA Bylaws, as well as Illinois Statutes, which could potentially jeopardize our tax-free status, were violated. Consequently, the members have asked the Illinois Attorney General to investigate these actions of the ITHA President and the Board.
We feel that Kasperski's actions place a cloud on the integrity, ethics and credibility of the ITHA. The comments from members throughout the State supporting investigation by the Illinois Attorney General's Office have been overwhelming.
Therefore, at a Special Meeting on 12-17-05 (called pursuant to Article V, Section 3 of the Bylaws), ITHA members unanimously elected Christine Janks as interim President until a regular election can be held. Five members were also elected to the Board replacing those whose term expired on 12-1-05. Over 75% of the active members on the Backside attended and voted accordingly.
Additionally, after numerous requests by ITHA members and legal counsel over the last five months, Kasperski has agreed to produce specific financial records for the years 2000 through 2005. Members have questioned certain expenditures and investments and wish to conduct their own independent audit of the records. The $40,000 annual salary of the President is also an issue.
Further legal action has not been ruled out.
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