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Lightfoot Jabs At Preckwinkle As Ballot Challenge Is Dropped

December 24, 2018 - 1:11 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lori Lightfoot will stay on the ballot in the Chicago mayoral race, now that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle dropped her challenge. 

Preckwinkle withdrew as Lightfoot's campaign showed it had 24,000 valid petition signatures -- more than twice the amount required.

After a Board of Elections hearing Monday morning, Lightfoot said she wishes the challenge never happened and called it a “relic” of Chicago machine politics.

The former president of the Chicago Police Board accuses Preckwinkle of wasting taxpayer dollars by forcing hearings on the challenge.

Lightfoot said she thinks the challenge backfired. She said she’s heard from voters who feel Preckwinkle is no longer the progressive they thought she was and is instead a party boss.

The full Board of Elections is expected to confirm the hearing officer's recommendation on Thursday. 

The Preckwinkle campaign had no comment.