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Trump appeals Illinois judge's decision to disqualify him from primary ballot over Jan. 6

A Trump campaign spokesperson said after the decision Wednesday that "an activist Democrat judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state's board of elections and contradicted earlier decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions."

Published: February 29, 2024 12:29pm

Former President Donald Trump appealed an Illinois judge's ruling that disqualified him from the state's Republican primary ballot over his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Riot due to the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause.

Cook County Circuit Judge Tracie Porter issued the order Wednesday, but paused the decision from going into effect to give Trump, the likely GOP presidential candidate, time to appeal.

Trump's attorneys filed a notice of appeal dated Wednesday asking the court to "reverse and vacate the judgement," which would nullify the order, per Axios.

In her ruling, Porter cited the Colorado Supreme Court decision banning Trump from the ballot. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month in the Colorado case. A similar effort to disqualify Trump is moving through the Maine courts, with a final decision on that case expected after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Colorado case.

The Illinois appeal comes after Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said Wednesday: "Today, an activist Democrat judge in Illinois summarily overruled the state's board of elections and contradicted earlier decisions from dozens of other state and federal jurisdictions." 

The Illinois State Board of Elections already unanimously dismissed a challenge last month to Trump's eligibility in the primary. The state board determined that it did not have the jurisdiction to determine whether the 14th Amendment prohibited Trump from running.

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