Lisa Stone: Village Board job led to PTSD
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org June 12, 2013 4:30PM
Lisa Stone booking photo. She pleaded guilty to violating an order of protection, filed by her stepmother. | Photo courtesy Mundelein Police Department
Updated: June 18, 2013 11:13AM
BUFFALO GROVE — Former Buffalo Grove trustee Lisa Stone called the News-Sun this week in an attempt to set the record straight about her recorded conversations to 911.
Stone, 52, made 35 non-emergency calls to 911 earlier this year. In the recorded calls, which were obtained from the Northwest Central Dispatch System, Stone expressed fear for her safety, contamination in the water supply and heroin in the suburbs. She also claimed to work the with the FBI, the DEA and Katie Couric, as detailed in previous Sun-Times Media news stories.
On Tuesday, however, she clarified that she never told 911 dispatchers that she was working with Couric.
“That would be crazy,” Stone said. “It came out that I was making up these people and these sources.”
Instead, Stone said she told 911 dispatchers that she was working with Kitty Kurth, who is president of Kurth Lampe political consulting and public relations firm. Stone said she contacted Kurth regarding landfill issues and possible violations of the Clean Water Act.
Kurth told the News-Sun that Stone is a friend but that she hasn’t worked with Stone for a few months.
“Lisa is a very well-meaning person,” Kurth said.
Stone reiterated that she called 911 knowing her calls would be recorded. The goal was to make public record her concerns without having to attend Village Board meetings, which she said set off her perceived erratic behavior.
She said she is now receiving treatment for trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“Through the years, my battle as a trustee and activist had become too much ... I took on way too much,” Stone said.
She said her fight “consumed” her after symptoms “really hit” in April 2012, resulting in her developing PTSD. She said she was fighting to expose so many issues to the public within the confines of having five minutes to address the village at meetings.
Stone said her desire to cover too much ground in not enough time resulted in her speaking way too fast, which could have diminished her intended message.
Some of the issues she fought to bring to light came at the request of fellow Buffalo Grove residents, she said. One asked her to look into a local drug dealer and another person who was allegedly victimized by a pedophile asked Stone for help. That was when Stone turned to the DEA and FBI to report the allegations, she said.
A DEA spokesman said it “is against DEA policy to provide any information about whether someone is or is not working with us.” An FBI spokeswoman said she could not say whether or not Stone had worked with them.
Stone said she is working to put the PTSD issues behind her by continuing with treatment and therapy.
A judge ordered her to comply with a psychiatric treatment plan and to follow any medication plan prescribed to her after she pleaded guilty to violating an order of protection June 5. She was sentenced to one year of court supervision, to perform 50 community service hours and pay fines.
She was also ordered not to call 911 unless it was an emergency.
Stone admitted to the News-Sun that she should not have used 911 in that way. Stone said she called 911 because she “didn’t know what to do.”
“I had just had it. It was not a good choice,” Stone said.
Stone declined to comment on her plea agreement, saying it was a “difficult personal situation.”
She was a trustee for 19 months from 2009 to 2010, becoming the first municipal elected official to be recalled from office in Illinois.