Raila back on the ballot

Cook County Assessor race back to three candidates

March 15th, 2018 3:53 PM

Cook County assessor candidates Joe Berrios, Andrea Raila and Fritz Kaegi

By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

An Illinois Appellate Court ruled on March 14 that Cook County assessor candidate Andrea Raila will appear as a qualified candidate on the ballot in the March 20 primary election.

Raila faces incumbent Joe Berrios and Oak Park resident Fritz Kaegi.

Kaegi had challenged Raila's nominating petition, and a Cook County Electoral Board and Cook County Circuit Court, disqualified her candidacy, stating Raila engaged in signature fraud.

While the circuit court confirmed the electoral board's ruling, the decision came so late that Raila's name still appeared on the ballot, even though the circuit court ruled any votes for her would not count.

 Prior to the appellate court decision on March 14, Kaegi already was grappling with that fact, though he said he did not believe her presence there would make a "significant difference."

Now, any vote for Raila will be counted.

Raila issued a press release following the appellate court decision, calling the challenge to her nominating petitions "political harassment."

Kaegi also released a statement claiming that the reversal "just six days before Election Day sets a dangerous precedent that will encourage future campaigns to engage in fraud with no fear of repercussion."


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  • Peter Hermann (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: March 19th, 2018 2:29 PM

    William Kent: Andrea Raila sold her business several years ago.

  • William Kent from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: March 18th, 2018 5:34 PM

    In my opinion, Andrea Raila has a conflict of interest. Should she will, ethically how can you run a primary business, Andrea Raila & Associates (located in Chicago), which challenges property tax and at the same time determine what the property taxes are (as the assessor)? Is she, as a business, challenging the property taxes that she assesses? Clearly a conflict. I would not vote for her.

  • Peter Hermann (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: March 15th, 2018 10:41 PM

    Oooops, made a little mistake here: it's not Yarbrough who is the write in candidate, but JOY JACKSON.

  • Peter Hermann (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: March 15th, 2018 10:21 PM

    I see an inspiring Cinderella story in the making. Despite having her little bank account plundered, her time wasted and reputation slandered by Kaegi and his election lawyers, Raila is still standing. Never seen a more courageous and honorable candidate. Kaegi, when under pressure, resorts to good old fashioned machine tactics. Raila, under pressure, stays the course and fights for justice in true progressive manner. It's time to clean out the closets and get rid off the Danny Davis, Fritz Kaegi and Karen Yarbrough who bully themselves into position with machine tactics (sleazy signature challenges) and stand in the way of progress. Open the door to the true champions: Andrea Raila, Anthony Clark and Karen Yarbrough (Cook County Clerk write-in candidate).

  • Laurie Beasley (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: March 15th, 2018 6:41 PM

    This whole thing stinks. I voted early and didn't vote for her because I thought it wouldn't count. I smell Berrios. I feel disenfranchised.

  • Tom MacMillan from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: March 15th, 2018 4:51 PM

    This smells like Berrios got some last second old Democratic machine help having this done to split the vote against him.

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