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Six seek two Foss Park commissioner spots

Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Judy Masterson


NORTH CHICAGO — There’s a consensus among the six candidates for the Foss Park District Board that young people in North Chicago need more athletic programs and other activities to keep them off the streets.

But programs cost money and the two commissioners elected to the board April 9 will have to make tough choices, given the district’s — and the city’s — challenged tax base.


The board includes five, six-year seats. The district serves an estimated population of 50,000 and covers eight-square miles, both within and outside of North Chicago, that include a golf course, athletic fields, playgrounds and a community center on Lewis Avenue. Candidates in the non-partisan race include:

(Edited to include Vance Wyatt only)

Vance Wyatt, 22, serves on the North Chicago Public Library Board. He was appointed to the board in 2011 after making an unsuccessful bid for alderman in 2011. A member of the Illinois Library Association’s Public Policy Committee, he will graduate in June with a BS in management and public policy from National Louis University. If elected, Wyatt said he will push to institute bylaws for the board and ordinances for the park district, which now operates under policy guidelines. “You need to know what the rules are,” said Wyatt, who is critical of the board’s frequent decision to increase its tax levy. “It’s ridiculous,” Wyatt said. “They’re increasing property taxes every single year.” Wyatt also questions expenditures for board member travel and training, a figure Neal did not immediately recall. Wyatt argues that parks are underutilized and wants to work to close a lakefront FBI shooting range. He wants to bring back the more generous youth programming he grew up with, create health and exercise programs for adults, and more feeder programs for high school athletics. “We have to work with limited resources and do something for the betterment of kids,” Wyatt said. “If we don’t, how can we expect to move the city forward?”

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Dr. Brooks - Community Forum w/ Vance D. Wyatt

Posted by Vance Wyatt on March 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Democracy for America Endoresment

Posted by Vance Wyatt on February 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Vance Wyatt received the endorsement of "Democracy for America,the people-powered federal PAC, has over one million members nationwide. DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. We provide campaign training, organizing resources, and media exposure so our members have the power to support progressive issues and candidates up and down the ballot."

This makes Vance the only Candidated to receive an Endorsement from an National Organziation in the Race for Commissioner of Foss Park Distirct. 

Political Briefs

Posted by Vance Wyatt on August 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Candidate announces: Vance Wyatt, a North Chicago Public Library trustee, has announced his intentions to run for Foss Park District commissioner. His campaign Web site is He is a Democratic precinct committeeman, and a member of the Illinois Library Association Public Policy Committee. Wyatt will hold a campaign fund-raiser Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Full Moon Restaurant on Route 41.

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Vance Wyatt,The Youngest Library Trustee in the United States? stops by the BCALA boonth at the ALA Anual Conference in New Orleans, LA (June 25, 2011)

Posted by Vance Wyatt on September 1, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Vance Wyatt, “The Youngest Library Trustee in the United States” stops by the BCALA booth at the ALA An-nual Conference in New Orleans, LA (June 25, 2011)

Vance Wyatt, 21 years old, is a Library Trustee for the North Chicago Public Library. He explained to the visitors at the BCALA booth that after considerable research he is confident enough to say that he is the youngest library trustee in the USA. It is posted on his website at:

In his senior year of high school Vance was named the 2008 North Chicago Community High School Business Student of the Year for his outstanding achievements in business education. Awarded the 2008 John Cunnea Business Scholarship, Vance went to Robert Morris University-Illinois and received a Professional Diploma in Business Administration before transferring to Concordia University Chicago. He worked part time in Concordia's library. While at Concordia he founded the Young Democrats of Concordia chapter on campus and he was inducted into The National Honor Society.

Vance was appointed as a trustee to the North Chicago Public Library in May of 2011. He told the Lake County News-Sun, “I’m looking into bringing more community involvement into the library, into using the li-brary as a driver to educate our community.”1 

Currently Vance is an online college student and has been working on forming his Business and Technology Consulting Firm, WYATT Solutions, which will build Web sites and set up local and wireless access net-works. He acquired free books and eBooks for the North Chicago Public Library by attending the 2011 ALA Conference. Vance plans to run for the American Library Association Council in the 2012 elections.

1Masterson, Judy. “Youngest-ever Trustee Joins North Chicago Library Board.” Lake-County News-Sun May 19, 2011. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011 <>; -Rudolph Clay

Youngest-ever trustee joins North Chicago Library Board

Posted by Vance Wyatt on May 18, 2011 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Judy Masterson 

NORTH CHICAGO — Expect no moss to gather anywhere near Vance Wyatt, the North Chicago Public Library Board’s newest trustee.

Wyatt, 20, will bring new energy to the board, said Mayor Leon Rockingham, who made the appointment last month. It’s the kind of energy that within an hour of a photo session with a News-Sun photographer publicizes the fact on Facebook and urges: “Look out for the article soon.”

Wyatt is believed to be the youngest-ever member of the Library Board — a post often reserved for the retired, the bookish, the fiduciary-minded long-in-the-tooth. True to his youth, Wyatt seeks speed of information.

“After much research, I am sure enough to say I am the youngest library trustee within the entire USA,” Wyatt announced on his Web site: “It is an accomplishment that North Chicago can be proud of.”

Wyatt was appointed after losing gracefully in February’s 4th Ward aldmermanic race to incumbent Bobby Allen.

Rockingham, pleased with Wyatt’s persistence, said the 2008 graduate of North Chicago High School asked for the appointment before filing a nominating petition and asked again after his unsuccessful council bid.

“Yes he’s young, but I think he’s going to bring a lot to the table,” Rockingham said.

An online college student who will turn 21 on May 29, Wyatt loves technology. He just started his own consulting company, Wyatt Solutions, which will build Web sites and set up local and wireless access networks.

He has not been a heavy library user in recent years — “I’m an e-book reader,” he said — but he has considered how the library might serve as an engine for the community.

“I’m looking into bringing more community involvement into the library, into using the library as a driver to educate our community,” he said.

His ideas include teaching more seniors to use computers and using the library to teach students how to gather information. He wants to upgrade technology, create a city archives and institute movie nights.

“I’d like keep the youth busy during summer so they won’t be out in bad sections of North Chicago,” Wyatt said.

Those are laudable goals, said library Director Joan Battley, who recalls a time when Wyatt did rely on the library — in middle school — when she served as children’s librarian.

“He’s very enthusiastic, and he has a lot of great ideas,” Battley said. “I, too, love to think big and want to take the library to the next level. But it will take time — and money.”

Wyatt, along with Battley and library trustees Bob Runnels and Etta Robinson, will attend the American Library Association’s annual conference in New Orleans in June. But if his Web store products — T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers all announcing “Wyatt 2013” — are an indication, Wyatt has also has his eye on the next election.

“I just want to give back to the community that shaped me into the young man that I am,” Wyatt said.


From: News Sun


Incumbents challenged in North Chicago 2nd, 4th wards

Posted by Vance Wyatt on February 18, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

"In the 4th Ward, incumbent Bobby Allen — who took office in 2007 after winning the Democratic primary by a single vote out of 247 cast — is opposed by Vance Wyatt, a business management student at Concordia University.

The 4th Ward is bordered by Route 41 on the east, Green Bay Road and Kemble on the west, 10th and 14th streets on the north, and Buckley Road and Argonne Drive on the south.

Allen said he feels there are “several key issues that the city of North Chicago faces, (and) the one that I feel merits the most intermediate attention is our budget deficit. Because of the deficit, our taxes are higher and water rates and city fees have all risen.”

“In an effort to bring revenue into the city, the City Council has hired Weston Solutions, a development company, who will take our vision for Sheridan Crossing, develop the land and bring in retail business along with much-needed jobs into our community,” Allen added. “As alderman, I will continue to ask critical questions of our leadership and vote for the best solutions for the city.”

Wyatt is running on a platform that includes putting a grocery store in Sheridan Crossings, limiting the number of payday-loan lenders, attracting small businesses, and crafting budgets from zero rather than the amount from the previous year.

“When we would start the budget at zero, it will allow the financial committee (to) make them explain for every single dollar,” Wyatt said in a statement.

“Therefore, your taxes will not go up and we could foreseeably lower the property tax over time.”

With no Republican or independent contenders, the winner of the primary races will run unopposed on April 5."


From: New Sun


Vance Wyatt, Concordia University Student: "I want the workers to know that Concordia students support them."

Posted by Vance Wyatt on June 8, 2010 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ashley Wood 4:12 PM - June 7, 2010

Vance Wyatt is a junior at Concordia University in Chicago. He is a full-time student and Chairman of his university's chapter of Young Democrats. He also works part time in Concordia's library.


Vance lives with his mother, a single parent and a school bus driver, in North Chicago. In an economic climate that has seen more and more working families abandon hope of sending their kids to college, Vance credits many of the opportunities he's had to the fact that his mother is part of union.


"We're better off than we would be if she didn't have a union," Vance says, "She makes enough to live on and she has health care."


So when the Sodexo food service workers at his college told him they were trying to form a union to win fair pay and health care, he wanted to help. Vance took the issue back to Concordia's Young Democrats. He made leaflets and distributed them on campus.


According to Vance, that's when the trouble started.


Shortly after the leaflets went up, Vance was called in to meet with Concordia's Dean of Students, Jeff Hynes. Dean Hynes warned Vance that the University had denied status and funding in the past to student groups deemed "too radical."


Concordia has a fairly new Young Democrats chapter and a much more established Young Republicans chapter. Both have worked in coalition with community groups on social and political issues in the past. To Vance's knowledge, neither has ever been characterized as "radical" or threatened with dissolution before.


Several weeks later, Dean Hynes spoke at a student government meeting--another campus group of which Vance is a part--about the possibility of Concordia's food service workers unionizing. Hynes told the students that their tuition would go up if the Sodexo workers successfully formed a union.


Vance sent a Facebook message to fellow student government representatives dispelling this myth and reminding them that their tuition has been rising for the last several years as it is.


Despite the aggressive response from the University administration, Vance and Concordia's Young Democrats are continuing to support the organizing Sodexo workers.

"I want the workers to know that Concordia students support them," Vance says. "We're here. We care."

From: Clean Up Sodexo


Vance Wyatt Receives Waukegan Township Scholarship

Posted by Vance Wyatt on August 14, 2008 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

AUGUST 14, 2008 

 "Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor Jones welcomed everyone to the August 14th meeting and proceeded with the Supervisor’s report. Supervisor Jones addressed the Members stated that we invited the 2008 Scholarship recipients to come to the board meeting to introduce themselves and talk about what school they plan on attending. Lindsay Marie Payne, Waukegan High School, attending Western Illinois University and majoring in Kinesiology. Vance Dane Wyatt, North Chicago High School, attending Robert Morris College and majoring in Business Administration.


Supervisor Jones stated that a letter pertaining to the criteria to receive the scholarships was mailed to the recipients. Nancy Netherton, Finance Manager explained the procedure."

From: April 14th, 2008 Minutes


High Schools That Work Educational Achievement Award

Posted by Vance Wyatt on May 14, 2008 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 

Six North Chicago Community High School seniors earned the 2008 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement based on their scores on the 2008 HSTW Assessment and the completion of the HSTW-Recommended Curriculum. This is truly an accomplishment. The 2008 HSTW Assessment subject tests contain higher level content than in past years. Additionally, the standards have been raised to align to college-and career-readiness standards. The students from North Chicago Community High School include:

Alonda K. Cambray, Semeka D. Cunningham, Ashlee M. Ford, Stephanie R. Fortson, Dora L. Lopez, and Vance D. Wyatt.


Congratulations to all of these outstanding students and their families.


High Schools That Work (HSTW) is NCCHS's school reform model created by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Posted by Leroy Davis

From:  High School That Work