John "General" Parker filed suit in U.S. District Court in Peoria claiming Lyons, School Board member Debbie Wolfmeyer and judges worked against him to ensure he could not run as a candidate in April, 2011.
Parker was bounced from the ballot Feb. 23 after Circuit Judge Scott Shore found he was ineligible to run for the board because of prior felony convictions. He appealed to the 3rd District Appellate Court in Ottawa, which did not take the matter in an expedited fashion.
The suit asks a judge to rule Parker is eligible to run for any office as well as to strike down existing Illinois law that blocks felons from running for municipal office or school boards.
The suit also seeks to nullify Wolfmeyer's election to the board last spring and to award Parker $250,000 in damages. In his suit, Parker alleges Wolfmeyer's petition to run for School Board contained several invalid signatures.
Named as defendants besides Lyons and Wolfmeyer are the 10th Judicial Circuit and Peoria County government. Parker filed the lawsuit pro se, meaning he is representing himself. He also submitted a request for a judge to waive filing fees.
In 2009, Lyons sent Parker a letter asking the then-mayoral candidate to withdraw from the ballot. No action was ever taken, and Parker ended up receiving less than 10 percent of the votes in the election. Source
Where the case is now:
United States District Court Judge Joe Billy McDade has allowed the case to continue against Lyons for Counts II, III and V. Parker is currently working on his Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court for the appeal of, what he defines as, "the illegal State Court's decision."
History of case on EmergePeoria:
School Board candidate General Parker summoned to the State's Attorney Office
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General Parker granted a continuance
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Letter from General John Parker
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