By CHRISTOPHER AMATI
Allegations concerning 4th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Ebony Lucas’ work as a real estate attorney have surfaced on the eve of the, Feb. 28, special election.
A complaint filed last August by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) accuses Lucas of improprieties connected with the condominium association of Drexel Commons and the manipulation of funds controlled by that body.
Lucas has denied the allegations and expressed her belief that she will be exonerated of any wrongdoing.
A dispute over the minutes of a condominium association board meeting are at the core of the dispute, with Lucas insisting that the copy of the minutes in question were never used and therefore not under sanction of the ARDC. She said the matter stems from a dispute she had with another real estate operator whose history included a prison term for dealing drugs and an investigation for ties to international terrorism.
The ARDC, which operates under the authority of the Illinois Supreme Court, has the sole authority to regulate the admission and discipline of lawyers in Illinois. It accused Lucas of “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”
Lucas denies that she misrepresented herself as that condominium’s board president and that she used that misrepresentation to obtain access to funds under the board’s control.
A press release from her office blames Ald. Sophia King (4th) for the last-minute release of this information in a an attempt to damage her election prospects.
“King has chosen the status quo route of providing false information to confuse voters,” said the press release.
The release goes on to say that the allegations are “simply false” and that they are “last-minute smear tactics [reflecting] old-style machine politics.”