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Berwyn parents group demands resignation of school board president

A Berwyn parents group on Monday demanded the resignation of its local high school board president after the Sun-Times published a story linking the school official to a major drug dealer and a ranking member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.

Berwyn C.A.R.E.S., which has several hundred members, said it found Jeff Pesek, 38, the school board president of Morton High School District 201, “unfit to lead.” The school district oversees several thousand students from Berwyn, Cicero and other suburbs.

“I’m sad, I’m embarrassed,” said the Berwyn parents group’s president, Robert Pauly, after learning of the revelations. Pauly said he was also optimistic that Pesek’s resignation could lead to a fresh start for a troubled school district.

The Sun-Times reported Monday that Pesek testified under immunity from prosecution last year in the mob bombing trial of his childhood friend, Mark Polchan, the treasurer of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and a trusted associate of the Chicago mob.

Pesek and his brother Craig, who sits on the Cicero Library Board, were caught on an FBI surveillance device in 2007, a year before Polchan was arrested for the mob bombing, at Polchan’s pawnshop in Cicero. At the pawnshop, the three men discussed Polchan’s worry that he would be arrested for the bombing. He asked the brothers if they would post bond for him.

Also at the trial, a notorious, major drug dealer, Enrique “Henry” Rendon, testified under oath that he was a silent investor with Jeff Pesek in two businesses, a liquor store and bar in Cicero, and a downtown Chicago nightclub, Ontourage.

Jeff Pesek could not be reached for comment on Monday. The school board is scheduled to meet Wednesday.

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