It's not over in the 25th | Bleader

Thursday, March 1, 2007

It's not over in the 25th

Posted By on 03.01.07 at 06:55 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

On Tuesday 51.42 percent of voters in the 25th Ward cast their ballot to reelect alderman Danny Solis over his five opponents. But Solis may still be facing a runoff.

There was a sixth candidate in the race: former 25th Ward alderman Ambrosio Medrano, who was convicted of taking bribes while in office. On February 23, just four days before the election, the Illinois Supreme Court knocked Medrano off the ballot, ruling that he was subject to a state law that prohibits felons from running for office. The court ordered the board of elections not to count any votes cast for Medrano.

But that ruling came after several hundred 25th Ward voters had already cast early or absentee ballots. What about the people who voted for Medrano before the supreme court's ruling?

According to the election board, 6,845 votes were cast in the 25th Ward aldermanic election. If you add just 200 early or absentee votes for Medrano absentee or early-election ballots, Solis falls below the 50 percent threshold and would have to face the second-place finisher, Cuahutemoc Morfin, in the April 17 runoff election.

Morfin's lawyer, Rich Means, says he's filed a freedom of information request with the board of election commissioners to find out just how many such votes were filed for Medrano. If the board refuses to turn over the results, he says, he'll appeal to the circuit court. The matter might wind up back before the Illinois Supreme Court. 

"I think the numbers are there to force a runoff, because Ambrosio was a very popular candidate," says Morfin, who drew 22.4 percent of the vote. "I don't know how they can justify disenfranchising people who voted. I predict a runoff and we will win." 


Tags: , ,

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Ben Joravsky

  • Listen to <em>The Ben&nbsp;Joravsky Show</em>

    Listen to The Ben Joravsky Show

    The Ben Joravsky Show is streamed Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 and 3 PM and airs live on the Chicago Reader and Sun-Times websites. It is also being released as a podcast each day after the live taping.
    • Oct 18, 2019
  • The show goes on

    The show goes on

    One era ends and another begins for our beloved First Tuesdays.
    • Oct 16, 2019
  • Size matters

    Size matters

    Chicago teachers have almost no relief for overcrowded classrooms.
    • Oct 9, 2019
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Oslo Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
September 10
October 20

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories