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Former Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has pleaded not guilty to five counts of perjury.  The 70-year-old is accused of having nominating petitions with signatures of people who were dead or who later claimed they didn't sign when he was seeking re-election in 2016.  Rudd dropped out of the Democratic primary after it was determined he didn't have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.

A measure to change Illinois’ constitution affecting how legislative districts are drawn is one step closer to making it onto the November ballot.  The Independent Maps campaign has raised more than 580,000 signatures in support of the proposal, twice the number required.  

Hundreds of candidates, or their supporters, stood in line outside the state board of elections office in Springfield Monday morning to turn in petitions. 

Anyone there before 8 AM could have their name listed first should they make it onto the primary ballot. 

Theresa Mah was one of them. She's running for state representative in the second district, in Chicago. Mah says when she knocked on voters' doors to get their signatures most people were supportive. 

Many expressed concern about Illinois' budget:

Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

Even as a redistricting campaign celebrates submitting its petition to get on the November ballot, the effort is already under legal attack. 

IL candidates start to collect ballot signatures

Sep 4, 2013

This week officially kicks off campaign season. Tuesday was the first day candidates could begin collecting signatures to get on the primary ballot.  Still some of the leading candidates can't start yet.