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4/29/2017 11:29:00 AM
Judge bars winner of Markham mayor's race from taking office

CHICAGO (AP) — The winner of a suburban Chicago mayoral race has been barred by a judge from taking the oath of office because he is a convicted felon.

Cook County Circuit Judge David Atkins on Friday granted the state’s attorney’s request for a temporary restraining order barring Roger Agpawa from Markham’s mayor’s office.

Atkins noted Illinois election law bars Agpawa from holding elected municipal office due to a 1999 federal felony conviction for mail fraud. He was ordered to pay restitution, serve probation and perform community service.

Agpawa received 41 percent of the votes in the April 4 election compared to write-in candidate Kenneth Muldrow Jr.’s nearly 35 percent.

Under Illinois law, Markham aldermen could declare the mayor’s position vacant and name a council member interim mayor.

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