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, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.