County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she believes abandoned security SUV found with political materials was stolen

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she believes a county SUV used “nearly exclusively” by her security chief and found abandoned in the early morning hours after the 2016 election with campaign materials in the back was stolen, even though officials never reported it to police.

Preckwinkle also said she has not investigated the incident and declined to comment on whether she has asked her security chief whether he placed the political materials in the vehicle, saying she won’t discuss “personnel matters.”

Instead, Preckwinkle reiterated her spokeswoman’s statements from earlier in the week that she does not allow county vehicles to be used for “the dissemination of campaign materials” but doesn’t know who placed the materials in the vehicle.

“My conviction is that it was stolen,” Preckwinkle said of the vehicle. “That’s as far as I intend to comment on it.”

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October 17, 2018 at 04:57PM

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