Smile Politely interviewed newly elected Parkland Board member Rochelle Harden a few months ago about her controversial situation: can she occupy a space on the board as well as maintain her position on the faculty? Circuit Judge Tom Difanis has now made a ruling. Ms. Harden must choose one or the other. From the News-Gazette:

"Harden, the first African-American on the Parkland board in its 50-year history, indicated that unless she decides to appeal the ruling, she likely would quit the board and continue as a faculty member.

'Believe me, if I could afford to quit my job and serve — because people voted for me and I really want to honor that — but I need my job,' she said following a 50-minute hearing at the Champaign County Courthouse."

The N-G has the full story.