Independent Congressional candidate for Congress Eric Reyes has lost a court appeal to get his name on the ballot in the 17th District.
After the ruling by a Sangamon County judge Friday, Mr. Reyes said he now plans to run as a write-in candidate and will begin notifying county clerks in the 17th District of his intentions Monday.
Amy Posateri and Andrew Douglas, both of Rock Island County, challenged his candidacy on the basis that he had not collected the 5,000 signatures required to get on the ballot.
The Republican and Democrat candidates in the 17th District had to collect 600 signatures while Mr. Reyes, as an independent, needed 5,000.
The Illinois State Board of Elections in Springfield agreed with the challengers in July and struck Mr. Reyes off the ballot.
Mr. Reyes, a Rock Island attorney, appealed the decision to the Sangaon Circuit Court. But on Friday a motion to dismiss his appeal by the defendants and office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was upheld.
The motion to dismiss was based on the fact that Mr. Reyes failed to meet a deadline to serve the defendants with his petition for judicial review. He said the deadline was missed because of a mixup with the Sangamon County Clerk.
Mr. Reyes initially ran as Democrat in the congressional primary but dropped out to run as an independent.
Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2013. There are 223 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Large quantities of ice from LaCrosse and Lake Pepin are beingshipped on ice boats, towed by steamers to St. Louis and points below. 1888 -- 125 years ago: With the Mississippi River at 18 feet above the low water stage,Rock Island is waging a valiant fight to keep the river from flooding the entire city. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Approval has been given by the city commission for paving 45thStreet between 7th and 11th Avenues. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Herndon Wright, of East Moline, has won the discus-throw title, by aheave of more than 140 feet, to set a new high school record at Champaign. 1963 -- 50 years ago: With the Selective Service Law recently extended by Congress forfour more years, Mrs. Hazel Doris reminded young men that they must register withinfive days after attaining their 18th birthday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Over 500 Quad-Cities area retired volunteers were honoredrecently for their community services at a Retired Senior Volunteer Program luncheonat Palmer Auditorium in Davenport. Guest speaker, William Moffitt, director of productengineering of Deere & Co., spoke about leadership and stressed the importance ofcommunity volunteers.