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Illinois: 3 forgetful judges are on the ballot, at least temporarily

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: An embarrassing blemish in the annals of Cook County's judicial history -- that's all that's likely to become of the case of three judges who, state officials said, failed to file their paperwork for re-election before a state-mandated deadline.

Joan Margaret O'Brien, Carole Kamin Bellows and James A. Varga are all likely to appear on the 2006 ballot, despite objections filed by the Illinois secretary of state's office, which wouldn't accept their paperwork after Dec. 5.

Tuesday, Cook County Judge Patrick McGann granted the three judges a temporary restraining order barring the state from declaring any vacancies or accepting nominating petitions from anyone else. -- 3 judges with late paperwork likely to be on ballot

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