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Suspended attorney Joel Brodsky files to run for alderman

CHICAGO — The lawyer who rocketed to nationwide fame representing cop turned convicted killer Drew Peterson has his sights set on a brand new job: Chicago alderman.

Joel Brodsky tells WGN if he wins a seat on town council – and Mayor Lori Lightfoot is re-elected – his objective might be to “make her political life as horrible and miserable as possible.”

Brodsky is searching for the seat being vacated by longtime Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) as Tunney ponders a run for mayor.  Brodsky – who by no means shies away from publicity – offered WGN with a duplicate of the marketing campaign group paperwork he filed with the State Board of Elections to display the seriousness of his bid. 

Brodsky stated he’ll start gathering petition signatures however expects to have his candidacy challenged by democratic operatives.  “I hope to make the ballot but you never know – these guys can get pretty vicious,” Brodsky stated.

The Lakeview resident stated he helps higher coaching and pay for police and a return of legislation and order to Chicago.

“Government’s job is to help people who need it and then to really stay out of everyone else’s way,” Brodsky stated. 

Ald. Tunney has endorsed his longtime chief of employees Bennett Lawson as his successor.

Brodsky had his legislation license suspended in 2019 for what a criticism described as “a pattern and practice of unprofessional behavior including false allegations and inappropriate diatribes in pleadings.” 

Although the 2 year suspension is over Brodsky has not sought to have his legislation license reinstated.

In May, an unique WGN Investigates report stated Brodsky was contemplating breaking attorney-client privilege and at last revealing what he is aware of concerning the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. It prompted an emergency request by Will County prosecutors who acquired a gag order forbidding Brodsky from talking concerning the case.  Brodsky stated he’d nonetheless like to lastly assist resolve the thriller of what occurred to Stacy Peterson and is ready on an appellate courtroom to determine his request to carry the gag order. 

“I don’t want to run my campaign from jail,” he stated.

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