CALUMET CITY | Attorneys for mayoral hopeful Brian Wilson filed an appeal Friday with the Illinois Supreme Court in hopes of getting the candidate back on the ballot for Tuesday’s mayoral election.
But Wilson's attorney, John Jawor, was blunt-spoken about the chances that his appeal would succeed — saying he was not sure if the state’s high court would even consider the case that seeks to overturn Cook County and appellate court rulings that upheld an Electoral Board decision that removed Wilson from the ballot.
“I have no idea what the court will do with this,” Jawor said, of the case filed Friday in Springfield.
Since the court is not in session, Jawor also had to arrange for multiple copies of all documents to be delivered to each of the Supreme Court justices, who live in various places across Illinois.
That means the case will get into the hands of the judges during the weekend, with a decision of some sort necessary on Monday if it is to have any impact on Tuesday's voting.
“They could make a decision, or maybe they won’t,” Jawor said. “It’s in their hands.”
Jawor said the appeal he filed Friday argues that new state laws preventing someone from dropping out of a primary election and running as a political independent in the general election of the same year apply only to the even-numbered-year elections for federal, state and county offices.
Cook County Judge Maureen Ward Kirby last month ruled that the laws applied to municipal elections as well. An Illinois appellate court panel in Chicago this week upheld Kirby’s ruling, although a written explanation of their decision was not provided at that time.