Sandberg ballot ruling expected in next 48 hours

By Audrey Williams

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A judge will rule in the next 48 hours on whether Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg's name will be placed on the primary ballot for First District.

Last month, Sandberg appealed the Peoria Elections Commission decision that prevented him from running for office in the First District.

During a hearing Monday afternoon, the judge established that anyone looking to run for office must live in the district.

The question he will now determine from the attorney's arguments is if there is a duration requirement.

Sandberg's attorney Rob Hanauer said, "Our argument is that if there is any ambiguity in the law, it should favor Gary Sandberg being placed on the ballot because the right to run for office in Illinois is considered a very important right and it shouldn't be denied lightly."

The judge will make a ruling quickly, because as he said, time is of the essence in this case.

Tom Bride, Executive Director of the Peoria Elections Commission said, "Absentee voting in person and by mail starts Thursday the seventeenth. The judge said we would have a decision in 48 hours, so that will give us a decision the afternoon before

The Board of Elections is set up for either decision, both a primary in the first and fifth and one only in the fifth.