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Bloomington District 87 returns 3 incumbents, adds newcomer

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BLOOMINGTON — Three incumbents will return to the District 87 school board, where they will be joined by newcomer Fitzgerald Samedy.

The members who were re-elected Tuesday are Elizabeth Fox Anvick, Brigette Beasley-Gibson and Charles “Chuck” Irwin. There were only four candidates for the four seats on the ballot. A fifth candidate, Jon Reed, withdrew his candidacy after ballots had been printed.

Unofficial results Tuesday night showed Gibson with 4.005 votes, Fox Anvick with 3,820, Irwin with 3,778 and Samedy with 2,656.

Two major tasks they will face are providing leadership as the district works its way back from the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and selecting a successor to Superintendent Barry Reilly, who is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 school year after more than 30 years with the district.

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Fox Anvick

Fox Anvick was elected to the board in 2017. She is a systems analyst at State Farm insurance.

Beasley-Gibson has served as school board president since April 2019. She was appointed to the board in 2016 and elected to a four-year term in 2017. She is an agency career track manager at State Farm insurance.

Brigette Beasley-Gibson


Irwin also was first elected to the board in 2017. He is a retired Streator school administrator and teacher.

Charles "Chuck" Irwin


This will be Samedy’s first elected office. He said in a statement that he wants to represent working class families on the school board.

In addition to beginning a search for Reilly’s successor and getting the district back to something resembling normal post-COVID, the board will continue to work on such issues as narrowing the achievement gap between low-income and other students.

The newly elected and re-elected board members will be seated at the April 28 school board meeting. An earlier version of this story had an incorrect date for them to be sworn in.

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Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota


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