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WASHINGTON--Filing dates for Illinois congressional candidates were pushed back on Tuesday, while a three-judge panel in Chicago considers the GOP challenge to the Democratic-drawn House map. The trial was last week. U.S. Circuit Court Judge Joan Lefkow, one of the judges on the case, signed the order.

Illinois has early filing dates for the March primary; the order puts in place a plan to give candidates more time to collect signatures on nominating petitions in case the district boundaries are changed.

Click below to read the order.


below, the court order


IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
EASTERN DIVISION
COMMITTEE FOR A FAIR AND BALANCED
MAP, et al.,
Plaintiffs,
v.
ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS,
et al.,
Defendants.
)
) Case No. 1:11-cv-05065
)
) Hon. John D. Tinder
) Hon. Robert L. Miller, Jr.
) Hon. Joan H. Lefkow
)
) (3-judge court convened pursuant
) to 28 U.S.C. ยง 2284)
ORDER REGARDING ELECTION ACTIVITIES AND THE ELECTION CALENDAR
REGARDING ILLINOIS PUBLIC ACT 97-14
This matter coming before this Court pursuant to this Court's November 7, 2011 Order
(Dkt. 107), IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. In the event that any of the boundary descriptions of the districts described in Illinois
Public Act 97-14 are changed as a result of this litigation, the special conditions set out in
this Court's Order dated August 23, 2011 (Dkt. 38) shall continue to apply to nominating
petitions for all established party candidates for the office of the United States House of
Representatives.
2. The Illinois State Board of Elections shall not accept any nominating petition for the
office of the United States House of Representatives prior to December 21, 2011. If any
of the boundary descriptions of the districts described in Illinois Public Act 97-14 are
changed as a result of this litigation on or before December 21, 2011, or if the Court
denies Plaintiffs' Motion for a Permanent Injunction (Dkt. 104) on or before December
21, 2011, the following dates and deadlines solely for the office of the United States
House of Representatives shall be changed as follows:
Case: 1:11-cv-05065 Document #: 145 Filed: 11/22/11 Page 1 of 4 PageID #:3187
a. Friday, December 23, 2011, shall be the first day, commencing at 8:00 a.m., for
candidates of established political parties to file original nomination papers in the
principal office of the State Board of Elections (per 10 ILCS 5/7-12(1), 8-9);
b. Tuesday, December 27, 2011, shall be the last day (by 5:00 p.m.) for candidates
of established political parties to file original nomination papers in the principal
office of the State Board of Elections (per 10 ILCS 5/1-4, 7-12(1), 8-9);
c. Wednesday, January 4, 2012, shall be the last day (by 1:00 p.m.) for filing
objections to the nomination papers of all candidates who filed for a
congressional office (per 10 ILCS 5/7-12.1, 7-13, 10-8); and
d. Tuesday, January 17, 2012, shall be the last day for the State Board of Elections
to certify the names of Congressional candidates to the county clerks (per 10
ILCS 5/7-14).
3. If the Court has not ruled on Plaintiffs' Motion for a Permanent Injunction (Dkt. 104) and
the boundary descriptions for congressional districts are still in dispute by December 21,
2011, the Court shall direct the parties to submit an agreed order regarding the schedule
for acceptance of nominating petitions for office of the United States House of
Representatives, or file with the Court motions setting forth their proposed schedule for
the acceptance of nominating petitions for office of the United States House of
Representatives and for any other relief that is necessary.
4. The State Board of Elections may serve objections by overnight mail instead of by
registered mail.
Case: 1:11-cv-05065 Document #: 145 Filed: 11/22/11 Page 2 of 4 PageID #:3188
5. On or before November 23, 2011, defendant Illinois State Board of Elections shall send
written notification to all local and county election officials and all Boards of Election
Commissioners in the State using the following language:
Dear [Insert Office]:
Pursuant to an Order of the United States District Court for the Northern District
of Illinois in the matter of Committee for a Fair and Balanced Map, et al. v. Illinois
State Board of Elections, et al., No. 11-c-5065, the filing deadlines related to the office
of the United States House of Representatives have been modified. Please see the
attached Court Order.
Sincerely,
Illinois State Board of Elections
6. On or before November 23, 2011, defendant Illinois State Board of Elections shall
similarly post on its public website and any other place in which it routinely and
regularly communicates with local and county election officials, Boards of Election
Commissioners, candidates for office of the United States House of Representatives and
the general public,
*** NOTICE REGARDING CONGRESSIONAL NOMINATING PETITIONS
AND ELECTION CALENDAR ***
Pursuant to an Order of the United States District Court for the Northern District
of Illinois in the matter of Committee for a Fair and Balanced Map, et al. v. Illinois
State Board of Elections, et al., No. 11-c-5065, the filing deadlines related to the office
of the United States House of Representatives have been modified. Please see the
attached Court Order.
Case: 1:11-cv-05065 Document #: 145 Filed: 11/22/11 Page 3 of 4 PageID #:3189
SO ORDERED:
DATE: November 22, 2011
________________________________
JUDGE JOAN HUMPHREY LEFKOW
United States District Court
for the Northern District of Illinois

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