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Objections filed in 8th, 10th Congressional districts
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 11/10/2009 12:03 AM | Updated: 11/10/2009 8:05 AM

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Some of the candidates running for suburban congressional seats might not actually make it onto Feb. 2 primary ballots.

Objections have been filed against the petitions of two candidates for the 8th District seat and two for the 10th District seat, Illinois State Board of Elections records indicate. If the objections are upheld, the candidates will be knocked off the ballot.

In the 8th District, the petitions of Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer and Democratic hopeful Jonathan Farnick have been questioned. Both objections were filed by the same man, Zion resident Gregory Ferritto.

Records available on the election board's Web site do not detail the nature of the objections.

Scheurer, who has run for Congress twice before and whose wife ran for Congress last year, is the lone Green Party candidate in the race.

Farnick had filed to challenge incumbent Rep. Melissa Bean in the Democratic primary.

The 8th District includes parts of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties.

In the 10th District, two people filed formal objections to the candidacy of Richard B. Mayers of Chicago, the lone Green Party candidate for the seat now held by Republican Mark Kirk.

Kirk is running for U.S. Senate.

One of the objectors is state Rep. Julie Hamos of Wilmette, who is one of three candidates in the Democratic primary for the 10th District seat. Buffalo Grove resident Walter Pituc also objected to Mayers' petition.

Pituc's objection was coordinated by Illinois Green Party leaders, party spokesman Patrick Kelly said.

"We believe there are problems with the petitions and also that Mr. Mayers doesn't represent Green Party values and isn't a member of the party," Kelly said.

Mayers had filed to run for governor as a Green Party candidate, too, but he withdrew from that race on Friday.

Also in the 10th District, Republican candidate Patricia K. Bird's petition is being opposed by Highland Park resident Martin Zeidman. Bird, of Mount Prospect, is one of seven GOP candidates for the post.

The 10th District represents much of the North Shore and some Northwest suburbs. It includes parts of Cook and Lake counties.

Monday was the last day to file an objection to a candidate running in 2010.