From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Three members of a south suburban school board are felons — and the Cook County state's attorney's office is considering whether to seek their removal from office, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.Technorati tags: education politics news Illinois chicagoillinois politics chicago politics chicago southland
Joe Louis Sherman, Mark Mitchell and James J. Coleman are members of Ford Heights Public School District 169. They have presided over an estimated budget of $8.8 million for the current school year.
Court records show that Sherman was convicted of battery and retail theft, Mitchell of marijuana possession, and Coleman of illegal possession of a gun — all felonies.
Elected school district officials are barred from holding office if they are "convicted in any court in the state of Illi:ois or of the United States of a felony, bribery, perjury or other infamous crime.” Last year, a state appeals court upheld a decision to bar a Peoria man from running for a school board seat because he was convicted of a felony. He was convicted of theft in 1984.
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