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 Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: All last week were favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather. The mercury ranged from 40 to 65 degrees and the ice is entirely gone out of the river. 1888 — 125 years ago: W.D. Reimers was given charge of the Weyerhaeuser-Denkmann mill in Davenport. 1913 — 100 years ago: Eight hundred or more tons of earth in six landslides, covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 — 75 years ago: Patrolman Joseph H. Schnelder, of Moline, has been awarded four medals for proficiency in marksmanship. He is the crack pistol shot of the Rock Island district. 1963 — 50 years ago: For the 83rd year, George Frederic Handel's "Messiah" was performed at Augustana College ushering in the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season. 1988 — 25 years ago: A water main break Thursday night, the fourth this week, affected 35 homes near the 2200 block of 39th Street, Rock Island, city officials said today.