Board of Education v. Regional Board of School Trustees

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
School Districts
Case Number: 
2019 IL App (3d) 170638
Decision Date: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
3d Dist.
Henry Co.

Petitioners filed petition for school district boundary change to detach 2010 acres of land from school district 229 and annex it to school district 340. After hearing and rehearing, School Board granted the detachment petition. District 229 filed complaint for administrative review, and motion for default judgment against 8 Petitioners. Trial court found that, without a written finding and record, it could not determine whether Board's allowance of petition for rehearing was proper, and remanded for a new hearing. Court later granted District 229's motion to reconsider, and reinstated Board's decision denying detachment. Board was required to file an answer consisting solely of the entire record of proceedings during hearing on petition for rehearing, including evidence heard by the Board and the Board's findings and decisions. Thus, without adequate record, trial court could not properly review its rehearing determination. Board's failure to keep a record in accordance with Administrative Review Law constituted a reversal of its decision. (SCHMIDT and LYTTON, concurring.)