On February 4, four candidates filed petitions to be on the ballot in the April 9, 2013 special election for U.S. House, Illinois 2nd district. The seat is vacant because Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., resigned from Congress shortly after he was re-elected in November 2012.
The four petitions were filed by LeAlan Jones, Green Party nominee; and three independents, Marcus Lewis, Liz Pahlke, and Curtiss Bey. It is not yet known how many signatures each filed. As a result of the court decision on Friday, February 1, if any of these candidates is challenged, he or she can only remain on the ballot if there are at least 3,444 valid signatures.