A central Illinois doctor has won the right to be on the November ballot as a 13th District congressional candidate even though he came up short on the large amount of signatures required on a petition.
Dr. David Gill is an emergency room physician from Bloomington who has mounted four failed congressional runs as a Democrat. This time, he's running as an independent, but he learned it's much harder to get on the ballot.
While Democrats and Republicans need little more than 700 signatures, Gill needed 10,754.
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Gill came up approximately 2,200 signatures short after an opponent got some signatures thrown out, but Federal District Judge Sue Myerscough granted him access anyway, saying Gill's supporters "will have no adequate remedy at law if Gill is not on the ballot. Moreover, they will be irreparably harmed."
Gill said it's unfair that one of his supporters’ signatures is worth so much less than one from a political party.
"For many reasons, it's unconstitutional," Gill said. "If you go back to your constitution test, there's nothing there about signatures."
Gill said the signature requirement of a 90-day window for independent candidates set in 1983 is unconstitutional.
"The Supreme Court has said, 'Yeah, you can be unconstitutional, but not to the point where you make it a severe burden,' but it obviously is a severe burden if no one has been able to overcome it.”
Gill said the two-party system has failed.
"These two parties have dominated things for so long, we're all paying a price for these two parties not working on behalf of us," Gill said.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has appealed the ruling, but couldn't keep Gill off of the ballot in the meantime.