How campaigns can end before they begin
Next week, the State Board of Elections meets to get the process started to determine whether candidates who filed to be on the March 2014 primary ballot can stay there.
Candidates have to file petition signatures to get on, but more than 120 challenges were filed to those petitions. In those cases, the Board of Elections will eventually decide whether a candidate has followed the rules, gathered enough signatures and can stay on the ballot.
Many cases end without anyone getting booted and nothing changes. But in some cases, a candidate could get tossed, eliminating a challenger and making life easier for the other hopeful(s) in a race.
Final decisions should be made by Jan. 9.
In the meantime, though, here are some of the notable local challenges. The relative worthiness of each challenge is generally in question until the Board of Elections staff analyzes them.
Governor: Both Democrats, Gov. Pat Quinn and Tio Hardiman, have been challenged.
U.S. Senate: Republicans William Lee of Rockton and Armen Alvarez of Chicago have been challenged, leaving Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and Doug Truax of Downers Grove unchallenged.
Congress: Democrat Arlene Hickory of Lake Bluff has had her 10th District candidacy against U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider challenged, as has Republican Manju Goel of Aurora in the 8th District. Goel is running in the primary against Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville. And both Republican primary challengers to Democratic U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky - Susanne Atanus of Niles and David Earl Williams III of Chicago - have been challenged.