Illinois court order halts mid-election rule change enacted by Pritzker

(The Center Square) – The Liberty Justice Center has obtained a court order temporarily halting the enforcement of an Illinois law that Gov. JB Pritzker hastily signed into law that prohibited candidates who did not run in the primary from being scheduled for the election. November.

Earlier this month, the large Democratic majority in the Illinois legislature approved and the governor signed a law in the middle of the electoral year that puts an end to the designation of candidates. Following a lawsuitA Sangamon County judge ruled Wednesday that Illinois’ ability to enforce election law against potential candidates is on hold.

Before signing the bill, Pritzker called it the “ethics bill.”

“It really ensures that we don’t have backroom deals to put people on the ballot and run as a result of a small group of people in a smoke-filled room making the decision. So I think, for me, more transparency is better,” Pritzker said.

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Leslie Collazo, the lead plaintiff, said voters are lining up to sign their petitions and that Democrats gutting a bill to rush a law into law in the middle of an election year helped generate interest.

“For them (voters) to hear that our current government went so far as to try to pass this legislation in the middle of the process…someone who maybe hadn’t considered signing the petition for me before felt the need to sign the petition to achieve justice. to this process,” Collazo told The Center Square.

The Illinois General Assembly candidates filed the lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court alleging violation of constitutional voting rights. Collazo said he expects the Illinois State Board of Elections to keep his word and respect court orders if candidates’ opponents try to object based on the new law signed by Pritzker.

The deadline for the Illinois State Board of Elections to accept selection petitions is June 3. Objections to candidatures will be accepted until June 10.

“Our board will then vote to sustain or overrule the objections, most likely at its July 9 meeting. At that point, the losing side is likely to seek judicial review of the board’s decision,” election board spokesman Matt Dietrich said. “The only thing that would change this process would be a court order prohibiting the election board from accepting candidate submissions or objections.”

Collazo, who is seeking to challenge incumbent state Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, said the process is grueling.

“But it’s a hill I’m willing to die on. I’m sure Mr. Ford would love to see me die on this hill, but the general feeling is that there is no confidence in our current government. “Voters appreciate an ordinary citizen willing to stand up to the machine, the giant, and, of course, they will want to oppose our requests,” Collazo said. “People want options. “They feel like they have been robbed of their choice.”

There are 78 active state races affected by the new law.

“We applaud the Court’s decision to uphold the rule of law and support the right to vote for all people in Illinois,” said Jeffrey Schwab, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. “We look forward to continuing to defend these fundamental rights in court and will move forward to ensure that the preliminary injunction becomes permanent.”

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 3. That’s the same day candidates seeking inclusion must file ballot access petitions with the Illinois State Board of Elections.