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Panel: Thornton Township High School District 205 board president can’t run for re-election

ThorntTownship High School District 205 School Board President Kenneth Williams. | Provided photo

Thornton Township High School District 205 School Board President Kenneth Williams. | Provided photo

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Updated: March 3, 2013 6:17AM



Kenneth Williams is off the ballot but — despite a 1985 felony conviction — still on the school board.

For now.

An electoral panel ruled Friday that Williams can’t run for re-election in April as president of the Thornton Township High School District 205 board.

The three-member panel kept him off the ballot not because of the decades-old Indiana forgery conviction but because his nominating petitions weren’t clipped or bound together.

Instead, Williams simply turned in loose sheets of paper — an electoral error that justified banning him from the ballot, the electoral board chairman said.

“The board wanted to rule on that rather than the felony conviction,” said attorney Burton Odelson, adding the panel doesn’t have the authority to force Williams out of the office he already holds.

But Williams was sued last month by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to force him to resign because of his criminal record.

That suit is pending.

Williams, who couldn’t be reached for comment, still could appeal the electoral board ruling to the Cook County circuit court.



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