No. 1-99-1923.

729 N.E.2d 954 (2000)

313 Ill. App.3d 527

246 Ill.Dec. 303

Steven PANZELLA, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. RIVER TRAILS SCHOOL DISTRICT 26, COOK COUNTY, Illinois; Illinois State Board of Education; Hearing Officer Vivian Gordon, Defendants-Appellees.

Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Fourth Division.

May 18, 2000.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael T. Lamb, Associate General Counsel, Illinois Education Association, NEA, Chicago, for Appellant.

Hinshaw & Culbertson, Chicago (Scott E. Nemanich & Allyn J. Franke, of counsel), for River Trials School.

James E. Ryan, Attorney General, State of Illinois (Joel D. Bertocchi, Solicitor General & Marcia L. McCornick, Assistant Attorney General, of counsel), for Illinois State Board, Vivian Gordon.

Presiding Justice HOFFMAN delivered the opinion of the court:

The plaintiff, Steven Panzella, was a tenured school teacher in River Trails School District 26 (District) until he was discharged based on a juvenile court's finding that he sexually abused his child. Panzella contested his termination before an Illinois State Board of Education (State Board) hearing officer, who upheld the dismissal. Panzella then sought administrative review before the circuit court...

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