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Hickory’s petition tossed in Illinois 10th Dist. race against Schneider

Arlene Hickory

Arlene Hickory

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Updated: February 17, 2014 6:24AM

Arlene Hickory of Lake Bluff was knocked off the March 18 primary ballot to challenge Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) for the Democratic nomination to represent the 10th Congressional District.

The decision by the State Officers Electoral Board on Thursday, Jan. 9, leaves just two candidates in the race: Schneider, who’d like a second term, and former Republican Rep. Robert Dold of Kenilworth, who’d like his seat back. The two will face off in the November general election.

Illinois State Board of Elections Assistant Director Jim Tenuto said is was a straightforward ruling.

“She didn’t submit any evidence to contradict the finding of the staff so the Board adopted the recommendation of the hearing officer and the general counsel that, based on a record exam, she was below the minimum and the objection should be sustained,” Tenuto said.

Hickory did not meet the minimum 788 signatures required for a Democratic nomination after unqualified signatures were thrown out.

The self-described progressive Democrat said the decision by the Election Board does not diminish her hope to attempt a future run for office.

“Now I know what the challenge process is like and there are certain things I could do that would ensure a better petition,” she said. “I got this far and now I know how to get further the next time.”

Hickory also ran unsuccessfully for the Lake County Board in 2012.

Whether she will support to Schneider, a fellow Democrat, in the race against Dold in November is unclear.

“I haven’t decided,” Hickory said.

The nurse and member of Progressive Democrats of America said she is more likely to turn her attention to others from that group.

“There are a number of progressives out there who could use support,” she said.

Dold of Kenilworth is the sole Republican running for the 10th District, a seat he lost by 2,400 votes to Schneider in 2012.

The 10th district extends from the Wisconsin border, northwest to the Round Lake communities and covers the North Shore from Lake Forest to Glencoe, and west through Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove and Lake Zurich. The district also includes parts of Glenview and Northbrook.

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