Gill back in the race — for now

Gill back in the race — for now

SPRINGFIELD — For now at least, there’s a three-way race for the 13th Congressional District seat in Illinois that includes Champaign-Urbana.

Independent candidate David Gill filed nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections on Monday, joining incumbent Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democratic challenger Mark Wicklund.

But Gill, who estimated that he and supporters collected “between 800 and 900 pages of signatures,” could be knocked off the ballot if there are successful challenges to his petitions. Each page of petitions has space for up to 15 signatures.

The Bloomington physician and his supporters needed to collect at least 10,754 signatures to get on the ballot. Davis and Wicklund each needed only about 735 signatures.

“We didn’t get to the maximum allowable (17,200). We surpassed the minimum. I wish we could have gotten more, but I know we left it all out on the field,” said a weary Gill, who estimated that he alone gathered “beyond 5,000” signatures.

Within minutes of the time Gill filed his petitions Monday, two people filed requests with the board of elections to view them.

One of the viewers listed an address that is the office of John Fogarty, a Chicago attorney who frequently represents Republicans in ballot challenges.

“We’ll see if there are any objections or challenges,” Gill said Tuesday. “It was a tough job. We’re cautiously optimistic about surviving any challenges. Certainly challenges could arise if you are doing something like this.”

Any formal objections to Gill’s petitions would have to be filed with the board of elections by 5 p.m. July 5.

“We’re sort of in a limbo land until then,” he said. “We’re still actively campaigning, we’re still raising funds and promoting our message. But to be frank with you we won’t really be rolling out our message until we survive this challenge period.”

Gill, an emergency room physician who lives in Bloomington, has run unsuccessfully for Congress four times.

He ran for against former U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, in 2004, 2006 and 2010, and against Davis in 2012, each time as a Democrat.

Gill said he doesn’t want to run as a Democrat this time because it, like the Republican Party, “has failed the American people,” he said.

A number of other candidates — some independents and some members of smaller political parties — filed petitions with the elections board on Monday.

They include the following Green Party candidates: Jill Stein of Massachusetts for president, Scott Summers of Harvard, Ill., for U.S. Senate, Tim Curtin of Hillside for state comptroller; Libertarian Party candidates Jasen Howard of New Lenox, Ill. for president, Kenton McMillen of Melrose Park for U.S. senator and Claire Ball of Addison for state comptrolle

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ChampaignLibertarians wrote on June 28, 2016 at 11:06 am

The Libertarian candidate for President is Gov. Gary Johnson; Gov. Bill Weld is our Vice Presidential candidate. Because Illinois ballot access law is Byzantine, we had to petition with a placeholder candidate, but that was Lex Green; Jasen Howard was our placeholder for Vice President.