Members of the Illinois State Board of Elections today removed two Republicans and a Lake Bluff Democrat running for Congress from the March primary ballot.
The vote to remove Republicans Armen Alvarez of Chicago and William Lee of Rockton was quick and unanimous. Neither had the 5,000 petition signatures needed to run for U.S. Senate in the March 18 primary.
The move sets up a GOP primary showdown between state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and Doug Truax of Downers Grove. The winner would face incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the November general election.
The young campaign of Lake Bluff Democrat Arlene Hickory was also ended by the board, so the retired nurse won't be allowed to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat, in the 10th District.
Republican Manju Goel of Aurora, candidate for congress in the 8th District and Gov. Pat Quinn were allowed to remain on the ballot.