The pjstar also took advantage of the opportunity to raise again the fact that Parker has some criminal infractions from his youth on his record. The pjstar writer speculates about the Illinois Election Code noting that any person convicted of an "infamous crime" shall be "prohibited from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit, unless such person is again restored to such rights by the terms of a pardon for the offense or otherwise according to the law."
The deadline to file petitions is December 20th. There are two vacancies coming open and so far only Parker and Mike Mitchell have filed petitions. Debbie Wolfmeyer, the current BOE President is still gathering signatures; and Jim Stowell has said that he does not plan on running.