Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and U.S. Attorney James Lewis met with Kankakee County officials this week to address allegations of voter fraud and intimidation.
The meeting stems from earlier allegations of voter fraud and intimidating people in getting them to vote along with the interests of Chicago officials.
Madigan and Lewis issued a joint statement saying the meeting was to ensure a fair, open and legal election.
Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd was also part of the meeting. Boyd says the county clerk's office received complaints from people claiming they were offered bribes by "individuals from Chicago" in return for voting for Democratic candidates.
Lewis and Madigan said the two sides addressed that and allegations some minority voters were being subjected to unnecessary requirements and misinformation about their ability to vote.
The controversy is centered on race between Democratic state Rep. Kate Cloonen and Republican challenger Lindsay Parkhurst.
Meanwhile -- The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Lindsay Parkhurst in the race for the 79th House seat. The newspaper state’s while Cloonen has worked to distance herself locally from House Speaker Mike Madigan, she “walks hand in hand with him” in Springfield.