The view from inside the Sun-Times city room.
Sometime aftert midnight: A row of reporters are lined in a row in front of the four television monitors in the city room, tuned to the local news channels. They are watching the jaw dropping spectacle of GOP Cook County Board President candidate Tony Peraica not only declining to concede to Democrat Todd Stroger--but claiming the election was stolen and marching to the place where the ballots were being collected.
Reporters, photographers and editors scrambled to stuff this unexpected turn of events into the paper. It's 2:14 a.m. and the team is still reporting and updating.
Peraica marched from his election night hotel at 505 N. Michigan nearly a mile to where the county ballots were being collected at 69 W. Washington.
Cook County Clerk David Orr looked on television--grim.
"The process is slow but the integrity is there. We just have to give these people an opportunity to count," Orr said.