Quinn Withdraws Objection To Hardiman Campaign

Governor Pat Quinn's re-election bank account has about $4.5 million. The Democrat's latest finance report shows he raised about $1.9 million in the final three months of 2013, with labor unions making the biggest donations.

Tio Hardiman of Hillside is challenging Quinn in the Democratic primary. Hardiman raised about $15,000 in the same three-month period. He finished 2013 with about $550 in his campaign account.

The top Illinois election official says objections to Hardiman's ticket have been withdrawn.

Executive Director Rupert Borgsmiller says the action clears the way for Hardiman and running mate Brunell Donald to challenge Quinn and Paul Vallas in the March 18 election.

Objectors had challenged the number of petition signatures Hardiman had collected and whether Donald was a duly registered voter.

A hearing officer and the board's attorney both said Hardiman gathered enough signatures and recommended he stay on the ballot.

The two officials split, however, on whether Donald filed a false statement of candidacy about being a registered voter.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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