Stroger to Remain on February Ballot

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    The son of Robert F. Kennedy has been charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly clashing with two nurses who tried to stop him from taking his 2-day-old baby boy from a Westchester maternity unit. Douglas Kennedy and his wife called the charges "absurd" and said the nurses were in the wrong. Jonathan Dienst reports. This story was published Feb. 24, 2012 at 11:31 p.m. (Published Thursday, Apr 26, 2012)

    Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is giving up on her chicken scratch challenge.

    "We would have probably prevailed, but decided that the cost of such a battle would have been prohibitive," she said in an e-mail to supporters Friday afternoon.

    Brown earlier this month lobbed an official challenge to many of the nomination signatures submitted by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger in an attempt to have him thrown off next February's primary ballot.

    "It was just ridiculous. It was chicken scratch, it was scribble-scrabble. It didn't look well at all. It looked obviously fake and false," Brown spokeswoman Lily Kim said at the time.

    But Brown's election lawyer, Adam Lasker, has since backtracked and said there didn't seem to be enough invalid signatures to imperil Stroger's candidacy, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Brown's candidacy, however, remains in question.

    Her nomination signatures are being challenged over allegations that her campaign improperly used workers from a state-subsidized program to gather signatures. She denies the allegations.

    The county electoral board will take up the matter on Dec. 3.