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Attorney named to Kankakee board (copy)

May 6, 2018

KANKAKEE — Well-known local attorney Christopher Bohlen is the newest member of the Kankakee School District 111 board.

He replaces Joe Lightfoot Jr., who resigned last month after five years on the seven-member board.

The board voted for Bohlen as the new member at its meeting Wednesday. Three other candidates had applied — Michele Crecy, Calvin Works and Jennifer Draper.

According to his law firm’s website, Bohlen moved to Kankakee from Ohio in 1977 and has been a trial lawyer ever since. His practice has included personal injury and divorce cases. He has tried more than 200 jury trials to verdict.

Lightfoot’s resignation happened two days after the board decided to reassign King Middle Grade School Principal Alicia Young to a classroom teaching position after two years on the job. Lightfoot was the only one who voted against her demotion.

After his resignation, school board president Barbara Wells said Lightfoot had told the others that his ideas were incompatible with the board.