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Former Alderman Bob Fioretti challenging Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President

By Nick Blumberg, Chicago Tonight/WTTW

In the wake of the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, the outcome of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s re-election bid no longer appears certain. Several names have been floated as potential challengers, but so far only one Democrat has opted to challenge Preckwinkle in the March primary: attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti.

After the boundaries of Chicago’s 2nd Ward were redrawn, Fioretti opted to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his 2015 re-election bid. He also ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt.

A Chicago native, Fioretti announced his candidacy in the south suburbs, highlighting the impact of the beverage tax on communities near the Cook County border. He joins Chicago Tonight in conversation.



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