East St. Louis mayor remains on the ballot after failing to get enough signatures

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - The You Paid For It Teams questions a decision by the East St. Louis Election Board to let East St. Louis incumbent Mayor Alvin Parks stay on the ballot even though he didn't have the required number of signatures for his re-election bid.

Parks had 126 signatures but the state law required him to have 136.

But the Election Board decided that Mayor Parks came close enough to what the law required.

His opponent for the Mayor's job, Councilwoman Emeka Jackso-Hicks, asked a St Clair County Circuit Judge to overturn that decision, but the judge sided with the Election Board. So Parks stays on the Ballot.

Investigator Elliott Davis questioned Mayor Parks as well as his opponent who is appealing the case to a higher court in an effort to get Parks removed from the ballot.

Mayor Parks says if he loses this fight he plans to run as a write-in candidate for Mayor. But he insists he plans to come out on top in the courts.

When asked why he didn't get enough signatures in the first place the Mayor said if he had it to do over he would have gotten more than enough.

Councilwoman Jackson-Hicks says she feels cheated. She hopes a higher court also sees things that way.

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