CHICAGO (CBS) — A federal probe isn’t stopping Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown from running for mayor. She is joining a crowded pool of candidates gunning for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job.
CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports she made her candidacy official on Sunday while denying allegations of wrongdoing.READ MORE: Three-Car Crash In West Rogers Park Shatters Nearby Bus Stop
She made the announcement to a room full of family and supporters. It’s not Brown’s first run for mayor. In 2007, she challenged then-mayor Richard M. Daley but finished in a distant second.READ MORE: Historic St. Paul Lutheran Church In Suburban Beecher Burns Down In Fire
In February, a document filed in federal court outlined thousands of dollars in alleged payoffs Brown received in exchange for jobs and promotions.
“Anytime someone comes and has a complaint, it is their duty to look into it whether it’s true or false, as these are false,” said Brown. “But the citizens of Chicago and Cook County have elected me five times. They trust me. I am a proven leader.”MORE NEWS: Man Killed, 3 Women Injured After Shooting And Crash In West Chatham
Brown joins a group that includes six people trying to unseat Emanuel. She has not been charged with a crime and she did win her last election handily despite losing the endorsement of Cook County Democrats.