Members of East St. Louis’ elected school board last week mounted a legal challenge to Illinois’ decision to take over the troubled district and disband the local board, according to published reports.

Five members of the school board who filed the lawsuit argued that the state’s decision was unconstitutional and infringed on board members’ fundamental right to vote.

The state Board of Education took the action last week.

A five-member panel will be appointed by the state to run the city’s school district.

The state board took a similar action, also last week, with North Chicago School District No. 187.

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