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Chicago Alderman Under Probe for Offering Raffle Tickets to Voters

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 07:53 PM

A longtime South Side Chicago alderman is under investigation after offering raffle tickets to people who brought their voting receipts to her office for a chance at prizes.

Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston announced the raffle in a Facebook post, but has since deleted it after being informed the raffle would violate state election law.

Fox 32 in Chicago showed a screen grab of the post, explaining the rules: People were to vote, write their name and contact information on the back of their voting receipt and drop it off at Hairston's ward office.

Hairston told members of the press she had asked the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners whether the raffle was legal, but didn't wait for official word before putting up the Facebook post, the Chicago Tribune reported

She said she later received a call saying the offer was not legal and took the post down. She did not specify who made the call to her, the Tribune reported.

"When we found out something was wrong, we handled it, we took care of it — we've moved on," Hairston said.

"My only intent was to encourage people to exercise their right to vote … there was no subterfuge involved at any time. It have not have been well-thought-out, but it was well-intentioned," she said, according to Fox 32.

Hairston is not running for office on Tuesday, but the Tribune noted that a strong turnout in the city, and in South Side's largely black wards would aid Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and other members of the party down ticket. Quinn is in a tight races with Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Though Hairston says no crime was committed because no one ever entered the raffle and no prizes were awarded, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's election fraud unit has opened an investigation.

Election fraud is a class 4 felony in Illinois, which can carry a sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to $25,000 for individuals.

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