TA's Cub Reporter has checked in by cell phone fresh from the Johnson-Link hearing, and it's a good day for Terry Link. The judge threw Terry Link a life preserver and affirmed the decision of the State Board of Elections, using a "manifest weight" of the evidence standard--in other words, there was enough evidence to support the decision, so that's the end of the story.
No word yet on whether Johnson may appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court, which would be a three judge panel. Johnson's attorney reportedly still believes that Johnson has a good legal argument that failure to consider all of the evidence Johnson tried to present before the hearing office is an abuse of discretion.
We will have the play-by-play recap of today's hearing soon, hopefully before I head off to the 10th District debates at Stevenson High School tonight.
UPDATED 01.10.08 6:50 a.m.: Here's the Daily Herald story. According to the article, Johnson will not appeal. Interestingly, no mention of whether Johnson will remain a write-in candidate or give up. Of course, all eyes are going to turn now to State's Attorney Michael Waller and his investigation, to see where that leads. Here's the News-Sun article.