Calling her comments a "stain on the community," Warren Township school board members and the mayor of Gurnee want board member Liz Biondi gone, after inflammatory statements she made at a public meeting.
Biondi’s comments at a Warren Township school board meeting discussing what qualities board members want to see in the new superintendent outraged everyone at the meeting.
“I have very good friends who are gay and lesbian and I'm concerned that we … if we hired someone, and we were not aware of their background, that they may be fighting more personal fires than superintendent fires," Biondi said at the meeting.
Board members tried to move the conversation in another direction. But Biondi persisted.
"I would have no problem with it, but I know members of our community would, and that's why I want to bring it up,” she continued.
Board members, union members, the current superintendent and the Gurnee mayor want Biondi to resign.
Mayor Kristina Kovarik said Gurnee embraces diversity, and Biondi's statements do not represent the community. She's calling on the community to take action.
“They need to picket her home … she has embarrassed us terribly,” Kovarik said.
“I was shocked … it's just hideous,” said school board President John Anderson.
The next board meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 16, when the board will ask for Biondi's resignation. There's also a Change.org petition circulating online.
Mrs. Biondi did not respond to WGN’s request for an interview.