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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot released the following statement as the Preckwinkle campaign challenged the Lightfoot campaign’s petition signatures.

“We’re confident that we’ve got the signatures necessary to get on the ballot, full stop.

“Petition challenges are the old Chicago way—and so is Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle lacked the courage to take on Emanuel and aligns herself with the likes of Berrios and Burke, so it’s no surprise that she’s trying to take out the only independent reform candidate in this race. It won’t work. While Preckwinkle plays the political games of the past, I’m looking towards the future and working hard every day to build a transparent and accountable City Hall.”