Judge orders alderman's name returned to ballot

By WEEK Producer

January 7, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:27 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Ward 5 Alderman Jennifer McDade is back on the primary ballot in Bloomington.

McDade was removed from the ballot after her opponent, Matthew Koetters challenged her nominating petitions last month.

The challenge cited McDade's failure to identify what ward she was seeking and using the April 9 election date rather than the potential February 26 primary date on petition documents.

On Monday, a McLean County Circuit Judge ruled that the Bloomington Election Commission violated the opening meetings act and ordered that McDade's name be returned to the ballot.

"Well this absolutely a victory for the voters of Ward 5," said McDade. "I have said all along, I don't know why my opponent would want to take the choice for alderman out of the hands of voters. So today's ruling returns the choice to the voters, that they should have."

McDade has been serving Ward 5 since being elected in 2009.

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