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The Nation

With Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s first-ever City Council majority at stake, a court took under advisement a challenge to a March 18 special aldermanic election and the apparent victory of a mayoral ally. The 1st District Appellate Court heard arguments from attorneys representing Luis Gutierrez, an ally of the mayor, and Manuel Torres, who is backed by Washington’s political rival, Alderman Edward Vrdolyak. Torres, who trails Gutierrez by 20 votes in the unofficial count for the 26th Ward, contends the election results were “tainted” by a lower court ruling March 25 that allowed 10 polling places to remain open two hours past closing time.


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