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Alderman drops plan to try to boot foe from ballot

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Updated 4:30 p.m.: City Clerk Rodney Greene now says Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, has dropped plans to try to keep challenger Thomas Just off the ballot in April's Evanston municipal election.

Greene earlier today said Rainey had complained to him that the papers Just filed in support of his candidacy were not not properly bound and that he didn't sign the petition forms as the circulator at the time he was seeking signatures, so she was planning to file a formal objection to Just's candidacy.

But Greene now says Rainey plans to "let the voters decide" between her and Just, of 327 Sherman Ave., a broker with The Apartment People rental agency.

Greene says he has heard that there may be challenges as well to petitions filed by challengers in the 1st and 2nd wards, but that he's received no formal complaints regardomg either of those two contests.

Any challenges would be heard by the city's election board — which is composed of Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Greene and the longest-serving alderman, who is Rainey.

Candidates, or their supporters, have until next Thursday to file objections to the candidacy of anyone who's filed papers to get on the city election ballot, and if objections are filed, a public hearing by the election board will be scheduled shortly after that.

A lottery to determine ballot positions for contested city and township races is scheduled for 7 p.m. next Thursday in the council chamber at the Civic Center.

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