Updated at 10:45 a.m. with comment from Matt Reichel and Tom Jacks.
Updated at 4 p.m. with additional comment from Tom Jacks.
The campaign for 47th ward candidate Ameya Pawar says campaign signs and banners have been removed from private and commercial properties.
The video above—as well as several others—shows a man removing Pawar signs. It was taken by a security camera outside West Lakeview Liquors at 2156 W. Addison.
Pawar’s campaign spokesman Sam Yanover said campaign signs started disappearing from lawns and windows February 13. He said in some situations, the signs were replaced with signs for candidate Tom O’Donnell.
O’Donnell’s campaign manager Daniel McDonald declined to comment when contacted by phone Monday night.
Yanover says the signs had been placed on the property by the owners. Removal of campaign signs from private property is illegal, but since the signs cost little, police investigation and/or enforcement is unlikely. Signs placed on public property can be removed by anyone at anytime.
To see all of the videos taken by the security cameras, visit Center Square Journal‘s YouTube channel.
Candidates Matt Reichel and Tom Jacks both said they have not removed any signs. Reichel said several of his signs have disappeared. As for lawn signs, he says “it’s hard to tell if it’s the weather or just kids being funny.”
But some signs have also disappeared from the windows of businesses. Reichel said a business owner told him someone walked into the store, took down Reichel’s campaign sign and left.
“Somebody walked in and just took it off the window. That’s something I’d like to get on camera,” he said.
Jacks doesn’t have many campaign signs, but he checked on them early Tuesday morning and said they are still in place.
“I think these tactics, they are the old Chicago way,” said Jacks, “and hopefully today the voters choose some change in the 47th ward.”
**After telling CSJ this morning that his signs were still in place, Jacks heard from a volunteer that some of his signs near Sulzer Library had been taken down. He also said he got word that there have been poll watchers dropping hints to voters to vote for Mr. O’Donnell.