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Nader loses effort to get on the ballot in Illinois, but suit still pending

AP reports: A federal judge today refused to block the Illinois State Board of Elections' decision to keep Ralph Nader off the November ballot.

U-S District Judge Matthew Kennelly rejected the Nader campaign's request for an injunction against the elections board. That body voted Thursday not to certify the independent presidential candidate for the ballot after concluding Nader fell nearly five-thousand signatures short of the 25-thousand petitions required. --

Judge denies Nader's challenge of Illinois ballot-access laws (AP via wqad.com)

The federal court in the Northern District of Illinois denied Ralph Nader's motion for a preliminary injuction and denied the state's motion to dismiss. So Nader's suit made no headway, but is still alive. You may download the opinion here.