David Gill is fighting to get back on the ballot in the 13th congressional district race. The Bloomington doctor is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court after a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge removed his name from the ballot earlier this week.
Gill collected 8,491 signatures on his nominating petitions, but needed 10,754 to secure a spot on the ballot as an Independent. Gill, who has previously run four times as a Democrat, says the rules for Independent candidates is unconstitutional since the two major party candidates, Republican incumbent Rodney Davis and Democrat Mark Wicklund, only had to secure 740 signatures to appear on the ballot.
"We live within a rigged political system, and our inability to obtain a fair hearing before the Court of Appeals is not surprising," Gill said Friday. "We turn now to the Supreme Court, with hopes that our case receives the same level of intellectual honesty that we received in U.S. District Court."