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Gill Off Ballot Again

David Gill

A central-Illinois physician has lost another round in his fight to become an independent candidate for Congress.

David Gill says it’s not fair that independent candidates like him have to gather nearly 15 times as many signatures as Democrats and Republicans.

Gill fell short, but convinced a federal judge that he should be on the ballot anyway.

Then, higher-ranking appeals-court judges overturned that order, which led the Illinois State Board of Elections to formally remove Gill from the ballot in the 13th Congressional District.

His lawyer is Sam Cahnman.

“We’re not done yet. This is not the last stage of this scenario," said Cahnman.

Cahnman has already asked the federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling. He says Gill could ultimately appeal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who’s responsible for matters in Illinois.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.