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Fringe candidates dropped from November ballot

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The list of candidates seeking office from Illinois has been shortened slightly through the elimination of a few candidates for president and U.S. Senate as a result of action by the State Board of Elections to certify the Nov. 8 ballot.

The board on Friday formally removed from the presidential balloting Emidio Soltysik of Los Angeles, who was running as the Socialist Party USA candidate, and his running mate, Angela Nicole Harner.

Also dropped from the ballot was Constitution Party presidential candidate Frank Fluckiger of Layton, Utah, as well as Mary Vann, running as the Human Rights Party candidate for the White House. Vann’s candidacy included the notation that she was “formerly known as Mary Metcalf until name changed on Oct. 1, 2012.”

As for the voting for president, there will be other choices on the ballot besides Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Also qualifying were Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein from the Green Party.

The elections board also removed two U.S. Senate candidates: the Constitution Party’s Chad Koppie of Gilberts, a perennial contender for public office, and independent Eric Conklin of LeRoy.

Along with Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the ballot will include Green Party candidate Scott Summers of Harvard and Libertarian Kenton McMillen of Melrose Park.

Candidates are often removed over failure to file enough signatures or other irregularities with their candidacy petitions. Michael Bigger of Downstate Wyoming, a member of the Republican State Central Committee, filed challenges to the candidacy of Conklin and the Constitution Party candidates for president and senator. (Rick Pearson)


What’s on tap

*Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a morning preschool announcement on the Northwest Side.

*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no public schedule.

*Clerk David Orr and other public officials will hold a morning news conference to talk about the upcoming 10,000 same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Cook County. The state law legalizing gay marriage took effect June 1, 2014.

What we’re writing

*Red-light scandal figure John Bills to be sentenced.

*Rauner loses $400 million teacher pension vote.

*Rauner vetoes $15/hour wage for disabled care workers.

*Emanuel’s two-for-one: sell Goose Island land for windfall, move maintenance garage to Englewood.

What we’re reading

*Track every Chicago police shooting over six years.

*Two brothers charged in shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin.

*Heckling and gunfire as CPD investigates shooting.

From the notebook 

*Another week, another half-million in GOP ads: The House Republican Organization, the campaign arm of the minority House GOP caucus, has dropped more than $420,000 in cable TV ads for a dozen candidates either running against Democratic targets or trying to keep office, reports show.

Top on the list is $157,590 for ads on behalf of Republican Rod Drobinski of Wauconda, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake.

Another $64,140 was spent on Republican Rep. Sheri Jesiel of Winthrop Harbor, who is being challenged by Democrat Nick Ciko of Lindenhurst.

The Republican State Senate Campaign Committee also is spending $172,875 on cable ads, including $71,430 on behalf of Republican Seth Lewis of Bartlett, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park.

The Senate GOP campaign also is spending $69,100 on behalf of Republican Michael Amrozowicz of Gurnee, who is taking on Democratic Sen. Melinda Bush of Grayslake. (Rick Pearson)

*The Sunday Spin: This week’s guests included 5th Congressional District Republican candidate Vince Kolbert.

Follow the money 

*Our Twitter feed of Illinois campaign contributions is down for maintenance. In the meantime, you can track campaign contributions in real time here.


Beyond Chicago

*How Trump got his start in family business, was accused of bias.

*Trump’s problem with Catholic voters.

*Trump’s effect on congressional races.

*Turkey-backed rebels expel Kurdish forces from Syrian towns.

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