Donald Trump remains on the Illinois ballot as the board decides not to disqualify him due to the 14th Amendment.

Illinois State Board of Elections Holds Hearing on Trump’s Eligibility for Primary Ballot

The Illinois State Board of Elections convened on Tuesday to discuss whether former President Donald Trump should be removed from the state’s primary ballot due to his involvement in the January 6th insurrection. After a thorough review of the evidence, the board unanimously agreed with the recommendation of retired Republican Judge Clark Erickson that the decision should be left to the courts.

In his report, Judge Erickson found that while Trump did engage in insurrection by falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen, it is ultimately up to the courts to determine if he violated the 14th Amendment and is therefore ineligible to run for president again. The board, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, upheld this finding and dismissed the objection to Trump’s candidacy.

However, the group who objected to Trump’s appearance on the ballot plans to appeal the board’s decision in court. Their attorney, Matthew Piers, stated that while they are disappointed with the ruling, they always knew this case would be decided in the courts. He believes that the board had the authority to remove Trump from the ballot, but chose to avoid a controversial issue that would have ended up in court regardless of their decision.

The board’s ruling means that Trump’s name will remain on the ballot for the March primary, unless a court challenge successfully removes him. The decision highlights the importance of the judicial system in determining matters of constitutional significance, and serves as a reminder that the rule of law must be upheld in our democracy.  

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