More Chicagoans than ever before want to be mayor, aldermen and other city officials. When the doors closed at 5 p.m. Monday, 20 had filed for mayor.
State Sen. James Meeks, who is out with the flu, was among the last to file. He sent his election lawyer, Burt Odelson, to file for him.
Odelson said Meeks, who announced his candidacy with fanfare two weeks ago at the University of Chicago Forum, had some 50,000 signatures.
Perenial candidate Dock Walls filed, as did commercial real estate developer Tommy Hanson.
As for challenging Rahm Emanuel’s residency, Odelson said he has supporters for that — though Meeks is not one of them — and plans to file a challenge on Wednesday. Odelson said the problem rests with Emanuel’s renter.
“Physical presence trumps intent,” he clarified.
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