Tony Holland's name is on the April 9 ballot for Moline Township supervisor even though he says he's no longer running.
"I'm not asking people not to vote for me," the Republican said. "But I'm not running in the election."
Mr. Holland said he had planned to run, but changed his mind, and it was too late to have his name taken off the ballot. What would happen if he wins the election is unclear.
The reason Mr. Holland decided to withdraw from the race was because he was worried his candidacy would be challenged by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Don Johnston.
To be township supervisor, candidates must have lived in Moline Township for 12 months before their party's caucus.
Mr. Holland said he missed that window by two weeks and a friend told him Mr. Johnston would challenge his candidacy.
But Mr. Johnston did not challenge Mr. Holland's nominating papers in the week after he filed for the election, which usually is when challenges are made.
Mr. Johnston said he was aware of his opponents residency problems but decided to take the high road and not make an issue out of it."I don't like to throw people off the ballot," he said. "It's not smart politics."
If Mr. Holland would prevail in the April 9 election, Mr. Johnston said he would not take the matter to court. But the Democrat's word is not good enough for Mr. Holland, who said he doesn't believe that Mr. Johnston would leave the matter alone.
Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Jim Tenuto said that if Mr. Holland wins the election, he will be certified as the victor. Someone then would have to take an action in court to argue Mr. Holland was not qualified for the victory, for it to be invalidated.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.