Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson has something to celebrate following an early Christmas gift from Rahm Emanuel, who announced that his campaign is done trying to disqualify Wilson as a candidate on the February ballot.
Wilson is attending Friday's Board of Elections hearing to mark the official end of Rahm's challenge to the signatures on Wilson's petition to get on the ballot. Wilson said he will speak at the meeting about "school closures, public saety, economic empowerment and fundamental fairness for all of Chicago."
The Emanuel campaign announced on Christmas Eve without explanation that it was withdrawing its challenge to Wilson's candidacy petitions.
The mayor challenged the validity of thousands of signatures on Wilson's petition after he came up with 43,000 signatures in just five days. Candidates need at least 12,500 valid signatures to qualify for a spot on the ballot. Wilson said more than 13,000 signatures were shown to be valid.
The Board of Elections meeting will take place Friday at noon.