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Jussi Smollett scandal engulfs Chicago mayoral candidates

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CHICAGO — If the Chicago police and the prosecutor to play the blame game on this week’s surprise decision to drop a 16-count indictment against the “Empire” actor Jussi Smollett, the fall-out is now dominating the city’s upcoming mayoral election.

Candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot both is peppered with questions about the case and the treatment. Both have accused the State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for not providing information about why the charges were dropped.

“The lawyer has really been coming about the reasons for the dismissal,” Preckwinkle said. “And I think that in this case, the court should unseal the record so that the public has the opportunity to see what really happened. This is a case where there are a lot of questions. And those questions are unanswered.”

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During a Fox 32 mayoral debate, Lightfoot said, the public has the right to know why these charges were dismissed, what was the basis, especially in the light of the allegations that were made by the state, a lawyer at the time that the costs were announced for the first time that she seemed to have had a very airtight case against Smollett for faking a hate crime.”

Candidates Lori Lightfoot (left) and Toni Preckwinkle (right) have both been peppered with questions about the Smollett (center) of the case and the treatment. Both have accused the State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for not providing information about why the charges were dropped.
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Ironically, Foxx ran on a platform of transparency if they be accepted, in Cook County, State Attorney in 2016. They promised a beautiful, “new path” of transparency and involvement of the community and said that they were “ready to go meet the community where they are because they are angry and they are grieving, not only because the violence is high, but confidence in the law enforcement now is dangerously low.”

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Preckwinkle helped launch Foxx’s political career, first as chief-of-staff, and then in the role of Cook County’s State’s Attorney. Foxx won her election to the states attorney with the strong support of Preckwinkle, who at that time was in Cook County, Chairman of the Board of directors.

Both Preckwinkle and Foxx have gone on to say that they shared a common goal of correcting what they regard as unfair incarceration of young black men.

According to a new poll of registered voters on Monday, Preckwinkle leads Lightfoot, with a margin of 53 percent to 17 percent, according to t the WTTW/Crain’s Temkin/Harris poll. Both candidates are battling against each other Friday night in a debate.

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Brian Gaines, a University of Illinois political science professor, told The Chicago Tribune that the Smollett case could vote on Preckwinkle.

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“I’m going to assume that the candidates do their best to stay away from giving opinions on this, but for the voters it would be able to enhance this feeling of ‘we need to find new people, other people in the office — because justice is not the right way.’ They think maybe we need an outsider, and that can help Lightfoot,” Gaines said.

Chicago is the current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, came out swinging this week, the first criticism of his city, officers of justice, and then blame President Asset for the creation of a “toxic” environment, in which Smollett allegedly fake a hate crime.

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Smollett was accused of forging an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime against herself in order to drum up publicity for his role in the Fox tv show. The denial of the claims of fraud, Smollett maintained that on Jan. 29, two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before screaming, “This is MAGA country” (a blunt reference to Trump’s campaign slogan “Make American Great Again”).

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A week before the alleged attack, Smollett told authorities he received a threatening letter at work. The Chicago police believe that he also.

The city of Chicago on Thursday sent a letter to Smollett, the lawyers are demanding he pay $ 130,000 to cover the costs of the investigation of the case. The retiring mayor said that Smollett write the check to Chicago with “I am responsible for the hoax” written on the memo line. Smollett’s lawyers hit back and demanded an apology from Emanuel and Superintendent of Chicago Police Eddie Johnson for “dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud.”

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