Board delays decision on trustee’s ban
By Janelle Walker For The Courier-News November 14, 2012 6:08PM
Updated: December 19, 2012 12:03PM
ELGIN — Gail Borden Public Library Trustee Randy Hopp will not know until December if he will be allowed back into the library as a patron.
Hopp, 62, has been banned from the library since July 2009, shortly after he was elected to the board. Staff had complained about repeated harassing behavior from Hopp, officials said, leading to the ban.
He had been allowed to come into the library to attend board meetings, accompanied by security personnel.
Two board members, Rick McCarthy and Penny Wegman, were not at Tuesday night’s meeting. Board members said they would rather wait until those two members could attend the next monthly meeting, set for Dec. 11, before making a decision on Hopp.
Hopp had asked in May for permission to return as a patron, which was denied at that time.
Hopp’s three-year suspension officially ended on July 1. According to library district rules, a person who has been banned from the library for a year or more must submit to an interview before privileges are returned.
Because of Hopp’s status as a board trustee, library Director Carole Medal asked the board to consider his request.
Since Hopp was first banned from Gail Borden, he has also been banned from the libraries at Judson University and Elgin Community College.
He also faces felony charges of aggravated battery to a person over the age of 60, upgraded in December from domestic battery charges, stemming from a March 2011 incident at his Elgin home where he is accused of assaulting his parents.
Hopp’s father, LeRoy K. Hopp, 84, of Elgin passed away on Oct. 17.