State Board of Elections Chairman Bill Cadigan says candidates for the March 20 primary who are in line to file petitions at the end of the day Monday will be part of a lottery for the last ballot position if another person running for the same office is also queued up at that time.
But Cadigan, a Republican attorney from Wilmette, warns that those seeking the final spot need to be cautious.
Appearing on WGN-AM 720, Cadigan recounted the story of an unnamed Republican candidate who chartered a small plane to arrive with his petitions by the closing deadline, only to find the Springfield airport closed off by bad weather.
The candidate’s aide on the ground pleaded with air traffic controllers to allow the plane to fly over a field and drop the bundled petitions to the ground. The idea was nixed.
Still, weather conditions bettered and the candidate was able to make it to the State Board of Elections headquarters by 4:50 p.m. — with only 10 minutes to spare.
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*** UPDATE 1 *** Congressman Bobby Rush has filed his petitions. As promised, Howard Brookins filed to run as well.
Tio Hardiman also filed petitions for governor.
*** UPDATE 2 *** I doubt he has a chance for that seat, either…
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