The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is demanding that the president of a south suburban school district step down because of a felony conviction.
On Dec. 21, the office sent a letter to Kenneth Williams, the board president of Thornton Township High School District 205, giving him until Jan. 15 to resign, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. If he doesn’t resign or respond to the letter by the deadline, the state’s attorney will file a lawsuit seeking his removal, Daly said.
The state’s attorney’s office is acting on a complaint that Williams has a felony conviction.
Cook County prosecutors confirmed he was convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985. The Illinois election code makes Williams ineligible to hold elected office as a member of a school board because of the felony, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
Williams, who is up for re-election April 9, could not immediately be reached for comment. Calls to his south suburban home were not returned.