Lawsuit in 32nd ward race

April 10, 2007

Dan Mihalopoulos, Chicago Tribune

Aldermanic challenger Scott Waguespack filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court today against his rival in next week’s runoff election, Ald. Ted Matlak (32nd).

Waguespack alleges that he was defamed by a Matlak campaign ad that falsely states that he “was fired for doing politics on taxpayer time.”

Waguespack said he took a leave of absence from his job as a top aide to Berwyn Mayor Michael O’Connor when he decided to run for Chicago City Council. But since then criticism from some Berwyn aldermen has followed him to the 35th Ward.

Also named as defendants in Waguespack’s suit were Michael Phelan, a Berwyn alderman, and Catherine Zaryczny, who finished last in the three-way primary race in the 32nd Ward.

Zaryczny had been highly critical of Matlak before the Feb. 27 primary, but she quickly endorsed Matlak over Waguespack and has focused on discrediting Waguespack since her defeat.