Record Number of Petition Challenges in Chicago

Chicago holds a non-partisan municipal election in February, with run-offs in April. This year 79 candidates for Chicago city office (mostly alderman) had to fight off challenges to their nominating petitions. The Board of Elections has upheld approximately half the challenges, and some of those candidates are now suing to get back on the ballot. Mayor Richard Daley’s own petitions were challenged, but the challenges to his petitions were defeated.

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