CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County prosecutors have begun investigating a South Side alderman who admitted she made a mistake by offering rewards to her constituents if they vote in the upcoming election, no matter who they vote for.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald. Leslie Hariston (5th) insisted her intentions were good, but she should not have offered raffle tickets for gift certificates to anyone in her ward who votes in the 2014 General Election.READ MORE: State Reps LaShawn Ford And Fran Hurley To Host Crime Summit at University Of Illinois At Chicago
The offer was posted on her Facebook page before she got advice on whether it was legal.
“We’re always trying to boost turnout. I mean, that’s part of what we want to do. We want people to vote. We want people to exercise their right to vote,” Hairston said Wednesday.