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New Lenox school board member, accuser told to stay away from each other

Sue Gillooley New Lenox School Board Candidate

Sue Gillooley New Lenox School Board Candidate

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Updated: June 7, 2012 6:09PM

A Will County judge Thursday told the vice president of the New Lenox school board and a woman who accused her of stalking to stay 100 feet away from each other for the next three months.

Judge Victoria Kennison said the order separating New Lenox District 122 board member Susan Gillooley and accuser Kathleen Jackson should give the women some time to calm down.

An argument between the two over Gillooley’s new boyfriend — Jackson’s ex-boyfriend — and some alleged rumors spilled into Kennison’s courtroom Thursday after Jackson sought a temporary order of protection against Gillooley last month.

As the hearing ended Kennison called the fight between two women — who had never met face-to-face — “ridiculous” and “unfortunate.” And she said, “I don’t think either party has been 100 percent honest with me.”

Jackson accused Gillooley of driving by her home, taking a picture of her vehicle while it was parked at her work, and calling her names and telling her to stay away from her boyfriend over the telephone.

Also in February, Jackson said, Gillooley joined her boyfriend at Jackson’s house to help pick up his personal belongings. Jackson wouldn’t answer the door for them, and she said Gillooley screamed at her to open up.

Daniel Kallan, Gillooley’s attorney, has said Jackson’s accusations are “totally bogus” and are meant to harass Gillooley. He said he didn’t believe the February incident happened.

And if Gillooley drove by Jackson’s home, he said, she did nothing inappropriate while doing so.

“What we have here are two women who at different times dated the same man,” Kallan said.

Gillooley stared at Jackson and shook her head as her accuser explained the allegations to the judge. Gillooley also tried repeatedly to interrupt the hearing, prompting her attorney and the judge to warn her to stop talking.

Later, as she ruled, Kennison noted Gillooley had trouble controlling her comments.

Kennison also told Gillooley to stay away from Jackson’s work and home.

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