A federal lawsuit has pushed back petition filing for Illinois congressional candidates a few weeks. Federal judges are reviewing evidence in a lawsuit to throw out the new congressional map, drawn by Democrats. Republicans allege the maps dilute Latino voting influence. The new filing period is Dec. 23-27.
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“The parties I think are very aware of how many candidates [there are], or who they would anticipate filing in these,” says Rupert Borgsmiller, head of the Illinois State Board of Elections. “It’s not like you’ve got people around the state circulating petitions and will be filing en masse like we’ll have 500 people filing with us on Monday.” The new deadline applies only to congressional candidates. Anyone running for any other office still must file between Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.