Veteran Republican U.S. Rep.
The board's decision to toss John "Jack" Cunningham off the Republican primary congressional ballot represented an embarrassment --- as Kane County clerk, he's the county's chief election official.
A state hearing officer ruled that of 1,265 signatures filed on Cunningham’s candidacy petitions, only 526 were valid. A total of 600 were needed to get on the March 20
The elections board also previously had rejected Cunningham's attempt to remove Biggert from the ballot. And the board today removed a third, little-known GOP candidate, Diane Harris of Joliet.
Biggert opted to run in the new 11th District after
Her Hinsdale residence was drawn into a new Democratic-leaning 5th Congressional District, which also is home to Democratic U.S. Rep.
The new 11th District includes all or parts of Aurora, Naperville, Woodridge, Bolingbrook and Joliet.
Recently filed fundraising reports with the
Three Democrats are seeking the primary nomination in the 11th District, including former U.S. Rep.
Foster reported to the FEC that he began the year with $750,697 in cash available and had raised $281,138 in the final three months of 2011.
Also in the Democratic race are Juan Thomas and Jim Hickey. Thomas, who previously served as Aurora Township clerk, raised $42,143 for the final quarter of last year and began 2012 with $37,372 in his campaign bank account, reports showed.