CHICAGO — A federal judge ruled Friday that Adlai Stevenson cannot run for governor as an independent, leaving Stevenson with the much more difficult task of launching a third-party bid.
U.S. District Judge James B. Parsons upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring that independent candidacies be filed by last December, which Stevenson did not do.
Parsons said he was forced to balance the competing interests of the state and the "unique situation" in which Stevenson found himself after the March 18 primary, in which Stevenson's choice for running mate was defeated by a supporter of extremist Lyndon LaRouche.
An Appeal Expected
Stevenson will appeal the ruling, said his press secretary, Bob Benjamin.
Stevenson resigned as the state's Democratic nominee in April, after LaRouche supporter Mark Fairchild won the party's nomination for lieutenant governor in the primary. LaRouche supporter Janice Hart won the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.