The district has been under a federal investigation since at least May 2016. The district also is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to determine whether federal securities laws have been violated.
Wyllie became superintendent in 1989 and retired in 2013, receiving the highest government pension in Will County at $302,991, according to Taxpayers United of America.
Prosecutors allege that Wyllie misappropriated about $30,500 in district funds by misrepresenting them as retirement stipends and unused vacation days. He also allegedly used at least $50,000 in district funds to build and operate Superdog, a dog obedience school that provided no benefit to the district.
When reached Thursday, District 210 Superintendent Scott Tingley said district officials would issue a statement and declined to comment further. When asked how the grand jury charges would affect the district, Tingley declined to comment.
The statement said parents and taxpayers should be “assured that the [board] is committed to protecting taxpayer dollars,” and that the district hired a new finance director to oversee daily accounting operations and a new business manager.
“This board is committed to continued oversight and assessment of district policies and procedures. The board will continue to work with the administration to move this district forward,” board President Joseph Kirkeeng said in the statement.
A call to Kirkeeng was not returned Thursday.