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Judge rules Illinois congressional candidates can gather signatures

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert is among the Republicans who have challenged the new district boundaries in court. (Benjamin Chernivsky / Photo for Chicago Tribune)

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert is among the Republicans who have challenged the new district boundaries in court. (Benjamin Chernivsky / Photo for Chicago Tribune)

A federal judge in Chicago today ruled that candidates for Congress in next year’s election can go ahead and collect candidacy signatures after Labor Day despite a pending lawsuit filed by Republicans that challenges the Democrats’ redrawing of the state’s U.S. House district boundaries.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s order allows U.S. House candidates to gather petition signatures starting on Sept. 6 from voters who live within the Democrat-drawn districts. Under her order, if the congressional boundaries are subsequently changed by the actions of the court, the signatures of those people who find themselves in a different district will still be valid.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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