Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd faces uphill battle as write-in candidate

A picture of former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley hangs on the wall of Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd's office. Another of Rudd with the more recent Daley to rule Chicago's City Hall, Richard M., sits behind his desk.

Both serve as reminders of Rudd's involvement with the Democratic Party that spans four decades. Now, thanks to a paperwork blunder, Rudd's efforts to run first as a Democrat in the spring primary and then as an independent candidate this fall have been foiled. Instead, he's facing long-shot odds of victory that come with waging a write-in candidacy.

Rudd has claimed that his honesty and independence made him the target of a "political witch hunt."

Rudd's proposal to convert the coroner's office into a medical examiner's office would be similar to the structure in Cook County. The switch, Rudd maintains, would save money currently spent hiring outside contractors to conduct autopsies and would make it easier to avoid conflicts of interest.

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