How Illinois Democrats muscled a Green Party candidate off the ballot

CYNTHIA SOTO HAS served two terms as the Democratic state representative in the Fourth Legislative District, which covers the Humboldt Park area. She’s running for reelection with several thousand dollars in her campaign chest and the support of all the area committeemen, who’ll be dispatching dozens of precinct captains on her behalf come election day. Kathy Cummings, a Green Party candidate, is a retired CPS teacher running in her first race, with no campaign money to speak of and little more than a handful of volunteers. Soto would have been likely to clobber Cummings in the November 7 election under any circumstances. Even so, house speaker Michael Madigan unleashed his ace election-law specialist to knock Cummings off the ballot.

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