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Electoral board tosses Schoenakase's bid for alderman

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Jonathon Schoenakase's bid to run for the Fifth Ward Alderman chair was nixed Thursday morning during a meeting of the Municipal Officers Electoral Board at Quincy City Hall.

Mayor John Spring says Quincy Alderman Mike Rein filed an objection to Schoenakase's candidate petition Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Rein's objection claimed that Schoenakase was ineligible to run for the seat because he is a convicted felon. Adams County court records show that Schoenakase, known as Jeff Scott at the time, was convicted on arson charges in 1989 and burglary and forgery charges in 1997.

Quincy Mayor John Spring says Schoenakase admitted Thursday to being a convicted felon, thus making him ineligible to run for municipal office.

Rein also claimed that Schoenakase was no longer living in the Fifth Ward and several signatures on his petition were not from residents in that ward.

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