DePaul Freshman Cleared To Challenge 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn

Bob Roberts
December 15, 2018 - 5:32 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The way has been cleared for a challenge to the alderman in Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's home ward. 

In a surprise decision, the objections to challenger David Krupa's candidacy for 13th Ward alderman were dropped shortly before a scheduled Chicago Board of Elections hearing on Krupa's nominating petitions and the validity of affidavits filed by those seeking to remove their signatures from Krupa's nominating petitions.

The math depicting election fraud was undeniable. More than 2,800 affidavits filed even though Krupa collected only 1,700 signatures on actual nominating petitions. Of those, only 187 of those filing affidavits had signatures matching those on Krupa petitions. Even subtracting those signatures, Krupa would have had several times the 473 valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

Attorney Michael Dorf said he was prepared to present evidence that those seeking the affidavits misrepresented what they were or told voters not to read the affidavit.

"This wasn't just overkill," Dorf said. "It was stupid overkill." 

Dorf and Krupa discovered the potential fraud upon obtaining materials from the Chicago Board of Elections pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request. Dorf said they could have meant legal trouble for those passing the petitions, Ald. Martin Quinn (13th Ward) or both. Krupa said it is only the beginning.

"This is going to be a really, really dirty election," he said.

The 19-year-old DePaul political science major's take is ugly. He is crowdsourcing to stand up to "crooked politicians and corrupt politics" and will use the money for campaign expenses and inevitable legal fees as he fights for his legal right to stay on the ballot, according to the GoFundMe page. So far, the campaign has raised $3,263 of its $15,000 goal. 

"They're going to hit us with everything under the sun," he said of Madigan's team.  "They're going to make things up.  They're going to pretend like I'm someone else. They're basically going to build a straw man and attack it."

He said the effort to knock him off the ballot has given his campaign far more publicity than he thought possible. Asked the perennial question — if Chicago is ready for reform — he said if not now, it will be soon.