‘Routine’ Chicago Mayoral Petition Challenges Begin

Former Mayor Richard Daley — rarely seen in public — attended the swearing in of his brother john at the county board. While he said hello, he would not answer when asked if he had advice for his brother bill.

Remember the question Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced eight years ago? Well this time its state Comptroller Susana Mendoza on the hot seat.

Toni Preckwinkle’s election lawyer, Kerilyn Krafthefer, is having a busy day — she’s filed a challenge to Mendoza’s mayoral petitions.

Knocking candidates off the ballot is a old tradition. Candidates for mayor need 12,500 signatures from voters who have only signed one petition.

“This is the routine, if you're used to Chicago politics you know that this is the first thing you have to go through if you're a serious candidate,” Krafthefer said. "Everyone's going to scrutinize petitions because we want serious candidates who follow the rules."

Preckwinkle has actually filed objections to three women — Mendoza, Dorothy Brown and Lori Lightfoot.

“We think women are excellent candidates, actually, and it's just a matter with the most blatant, obvious flaws, that were easier to file against that caused us to file these particular objections," Krafthefer said.

The Mendoza campaign believes they are the biggest threat.

“They wouldn't be coming at us without guns if we weren't the top candidate," Mary Castro of the Mendoza campaign said.

Candidate Bill Daley says his signatures will hold up.

"Oh come on, conspiring fake news, gimme a break, this is the law," he said. "When you're running for office you follow the law. And as I said Comptroller Susana Mendoza has taken advantage of the law and thrown other people off the ballot in other races."

Dr. Willie Wilson is trying to kick off several of the black candidates including Ja'mal Green.

"Dr. Willie Wilson, a man who claims he's for the people, a man who claims he's for changing these communities, but a person who says that no black candidate should be in the race but him," Green said.

Also, Monday NBC 5 ran into the man who was once Chicago’s mayor.

Richard Daley — rarely seen in public — attended the swearing in of his brother john at the county board. While he said hello, he would not answer when asked if he had advice for his brother bill.

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