* Flores won’t seek Gutierrez seat, Cardenas still might
Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and Cook County Commissioner Robert Maldonado withdrew immediately, and Ald. George Cardenas (12th) remains in play just in case Gutierrez changes course again.
“These decisions are made with deliberation,” said Flores, adding that Gutierrez didn’t persuade him. “I did this of my own accord. He’s my friend.”
* Grawley steps down as chief judge, eyes run for Congress
That doesn’t mean Grawey, 58, will leave the bench. Rather, he said he will remain a circuit judge but shed the responsibilities of the chief judge, which are largely administrative.
Grawey said the move would allow a transitional period if he did ultimately decide to run for the spot now held by U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, who is retiring from the 18th Congressional District in January 2009. Under state law, Grawey would have to resign his judgeship if he did run.
* Waukegan attorney enters race for judge