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Convicted forger refuses to resign Thornton H.S. board president post

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: February 17, 2013 6:38AM



The Thornton High School District 205 board president notified the Cook County state’s attorney’s office Tuesday that he won’t resign — setting up a possible court fight.

Last month, Kenneth Williams received a letter from the state’s attorney’s office demanding he resign because he’s a felon. He was convicted of forgery in Indiana in 1985.

The state’s attorney’s office gave Williams until Tuesday to respond. He faxed a letter to the state’s attorney’s office Tuesday saying he refuses to resign, said a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Alvarez is prepared to file a lawsuit seeking Williams’ removal, the spokeswoman said. Williams could not be reached for comment.

Several board members support the effort to oust Williams. On Jan. 11, they sent a letter to Alvarez saying Williams and two other board members — including Williams’ wife — are trying to control the district’s finances and “to employ family and friends.”

“The aggressive actions by this group must be stopped as soon as possible,” said the letter by board members Edward Crayton, Ray Banks and Arthur Burton.



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