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Updated: March 15, 2012 11:05PM

Rep. Judy Biggert will face no opposition in next week’s Republican primary, now that the appellate court has finally ruled that votes for on-again, off-again rival congressional candidate Jack Cunningham will not be counted.

The court on Wednesday upheld a recommendation by the Illinois State Board of Elections that Cunningham’s votes be stricken because of problems with how some signatures on his election petitions were collected.

Cunningham, the Kane County clerk, was the lone remaining GOP challenger to Biggert in the new 11th Congressional District, which includes Aurora, Naperville and Joliet. The board initially ruled Cunningham off the ballot in early February, but he was reinstated a couple of weeks later after an appeal.

His name appears on early voting ballots and will appear on Tuesday ballots, but any votes cast for him will not be counted.

In November, Biggert will face the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary, which includes former Rep. Bill Foster, former Aurora Township Clerk Juan Thomas and Orland Park Fire Protection District President Jim Hickey.

— Matt Hanley, Sun-Times Media.

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