Vance D. Wyatt

Foss Park Commissioner, North Chicago Library Trustee & Shields Township Democratic Chairman

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Record fundraising pays off for North Chicago library

Posted by Vance Wyatt on May 11, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)



By Yadira Sanchez Olson


In the midst of a record-breaking year of fundraising, the North Chicago Public Library on Saturday celebrated several improvements to the Argonne Drive facility.


"So far we've received over $10,000 for programming and the enhancement of the library," library director Joan Battley said during a ribbon-cutting event that unveiled a media dropbox installed on a sidewalk in the library's parking lot.


Books, CDs and DVDs can be deposited into the metal receptacle during the library's off hours.  

"This helps our library-users avoid having to pay fines," said Library Board member Vance Wyatt, adding that patrons previously expressed a desire to be able to make media returns on Sundays.


The box also provides an easier way for people with disabilities to return rentals, library officials said. The library already had an outside book slot for returns, but it doesn't accept the other library materials.


North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham, Jr. called the new dropbox another indication that the city and library are moving forward.

"The media box is one of the many dreams that is coming into fruition," Battley added.


More additions and renovations are underway thanks to fundraising and organizational efforts spearheaded by the Library Board and Friends of the Library members. Battley said both groups have been chipping away at the projects defined in the library's 2013 strategic plan.


Marie Worth, a lifelong North Chicago resident who served 23 years on the Library Board, was an honored guest at the weekend ceremony.

"The library is a wonderful place that has everything for everyone," she said."The media box is one of the many dreams that is coming into fruition," Battley added.


More additions and renovations are underway thanks to fundraising and organizational efforts spearheaded by the Library Board and Friends of the Library members. Battley said both groups have been chipping away at the projects defined in the library's 2013 strategic plan.


Marie Worth, a lifelong North Chicago resident who served 23 years on the Library Board, was an honored guest at the weekend ceremony.

At 85 years old, Worth said she still visits the library regularly to pick up the books that keep her entertained. She also said she enjoys seeing the children's space busy with kids who are learning while having fun.


Worth said she's looking forward to more positive changes that will benefit the library's 32,500 patrons.


The replacement of the 25-year-old building's malfunctioning heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system in September was the first sizable step toward taking the library "to the next level," Battley said.


A community room for library programs and group meetings is currently being renovated, too.


With a new paint job, carpeting and furniture, as well as a PowerPoint projector, the room is expected to be ready in June.


Three monitors that will display the library's news and program schedules are also scheduled to be installed.


"This is all a team effort," said board member Zera Dickerson, who acts a liaison between the board and the Friends of the Library. "Little by little we're making this a more beautiful space for our children and families to come to."



The $4,000 cost of the media dropbox was split by the Friends of the Library and the Library Board.

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Thank You!

Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 23, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I wanted to say thank you for your help in electing me Commissioner. In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to various members of the community to help get the District moving forward. I will be launching a number of Task forces to deal with the very complex issues at the Foss Park District. Again, thank you for all of your help.



The final vote count

Deadlocked park board race in North Chicago proves every vote counts

Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 By: Dan Moran

"ONe man, one vote" is usually an abstract concept, a noble-sounding phrase that sounds like it should be engraved on a courthouse monument or said with dramatic emphasis by Sam Waterston on a "Law & Order" rerun.

On Election Day 2015 in North Chicago, the importance of one single vote was written in bold letters in the Foss Park District Board race, where voters were asked to choose two candidates out of six. After the employees and computers at the Lake County Clerk's Office collected and compiled 945 ballots, Jimmy Johnson came in first with 212 votes.

Finishing second was Kingston G. Neal with 163 votes. And also Vance D. Wyatt with 163 votes.

It could be argued that a finish like this is given an assist when only fractions of registered voters put in the time

and/or effort to cast a ballot, though even a Presidential election comes with the possibility of a tie being decided by one man with one vote to use or not use (see Kevin Costner in "Swing Vote," though its box-office receipts indicate few people did).


North Chicago wasn't the only community with both relatively low voter turnout and dramatically close contests.

Village Board races in Deerfield and Hainesville were decided by seven and six votes, respectively. The Big Hollow School District in Ingleside saw its board race decided by three votes. The tiny Cary Area Public Library District saw a one-vote margin in its trustee race.

Of course, it must be noted that all of these totals are not only still officially unofficial but could be changed as provisional and mail-in ballots filter in over the next few days.


In the Foss Park District, for example, if Neal or Wyatt has votes coming in from Snowbirds in Florida that were postmarked in time, that would break the tie on its own.

However all of these razor-thin margins end up once all the franchises are exercised, this week's balloting has already demonstrated to office-seekers that the importance of getting your people out to the polls — either on Election Day or before — has never been more important. It has also reminded voters that your vote not only matters but can prove to be the difference, so sitting on the bench can come at a cost.

Countywide, only 11.25 percent of registered voters made it to the polls.

What can we do to reverse the downward trend in voter participation? Maybe the powers that be can switch election days to Saturdays, so more working people have the time to vote. Maybe political operatives can stop alienating the masses — especially younger voters — with their poison-the-waters campaign tactics.

Until the trend reverses, get the hi-def cameras ready, because there will be more and more photo finishes.


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T'was the night before.

Posted by Vance Wyatt on April 6, 2015 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Tomorrow is Election Day. I wanted to take some time to thank everyone that gave their time to help this election; and those whom donated to the campaign. The fight isn’t over yet. Let’s go out there and win this!

In case you don’t know your Polling Place, to look it up click here.

Thank You,


A Record Of Results

Posted by Vance Wyatt on March 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

My Friend,


A little less than 4 years ago; I had the opportunity to become a Trustee for the North Chicago Public Library. Becoming the youngest Library Trustee in US. History at 20.


In my First year I,

Worked with the Director cut 12% of waste from the Budget and re-purpose it for programs for the Community

Spearheaded the introdcution of Learning Express Library; which allows members in the community study for the ACT, GMAT, SAT, GRE, ASVAB and for many workforce skills; at no cost

Pushed for the investment to update outdated equipment throughout the library

Spearheaded the retention of quality Library Workers, that if failed, could of forced a shut down of the Library

Pushed to expand the collection to include a video game collection and to implement an electronic library branch

Spearheaded the introduction of American Library Association National Game Day to North Chicago

Nominated as Candidate for American Library Association Council-At Large

Appointed to by the Illinois Library Association President to serve on the Public Policy Committee

Reviewed and re-wrote polices that hadn't been updated since 1978.

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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