On July 14, the Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed a challenge to the petition of Scott Lee Cohen, an independent candidate for Governor. The challenges to the other statewide petitions are still pending.
Cohen submitted 133,000 signatures for a requirement of 25,000 valid. Major party candidates only need 5,000 valid signatures, and can be on the ballot with just one signature if no one files a challenge. Making the signature collection challenge in Illinois even harder is that circulators are not allowed to help candidates of different parties get on the ballot in the same year, and petition signers are not allowed to sign to get more than one party on the ballot.