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Former D-158 board member dies

A former Huntley District 158 school board member who drew both fire and admiration for his fierce questioning of the district's financial dealings has died.

Larry Snow, 61, was a District 158 school board member between 2005 and 2009, when he lost his bid for a two-year seat.

He was elected in 2005 at a time when the district was enduring a wave of public disgust over district officials' handling of a controversial 2004 referendum. Voters had been told that their property tax rate increase would be less than half of what the district actually could access, and the district soon was dealing with revelations of financial missteps and revolving administrators.

Snow developed a reputation for questioning everything, and by August 2005, just a few months into his term, he had called for an independent investigation of district finances.

According to an obituary in the Daily Item of Lynn, Mass., a memorial service for Snow took place Friday. Contributions can be made in Snow's memory to St. Mary's Parish, 8 S. Common St., Lynn, Mass.

Snow was born and raised in Lynn, the obituary said. He lived in Illinois for 20 years. He is survived by his brother, Vincent Snow, and sister, Elizabeth Sniegoski. He is survived by three daughters, Stacy Peters, Trina Geatz and Kerry Snow, and his granddaughter, Caroline Peters, the obituary said.

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