A judge Monday denied the City of Bloomington's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Alderwoman Judy Stearns.
Stearns is suing the City and her colleagues on the City Council for refusing to seat her.
Although she won a recent election, Stearns has not been seated in the wake of a dispute over money she allegedly owes to the City.
Stearns says the refusal to seat her is political maneuvering by her opponents.
Attorneys for the City have two weeks to file a written answer to the complaint.