Stroger to Remain on February Ballot

By BJ Lutz
|  Friday, Nov 27, 2009  |  Updated 4:51 PM CDT
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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.

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