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BLOOMINGTON - A Cooksville woman who has filed a lawsuit against members of the Village Board was given more time Thursday to amend her complaint claiming election misconduct.

Named in the lawsuit filed by Nadene Ratcliffe are village President Roger Clark; trustees DeLoris Stroh, Paul M. Weier, Tonya Anderson and Daniel Wissmiller; and village Clerk Rhonda Volz.

Ratcliffe told Judge James Souk that she wanted to drop former Village Board member Brian Ferguson from the lawsuit because he has resigned from office.

Ratcliffe has argued village officials violated several election rules, including the decision to seat the Village Board before final election results were accepted by the McLean County clerk. A second swearing-in ceremony was held after the lawsuit was filed.

Ratcliffe said Thursday she has consulted with but not hired a lawyer to assist her with the case. She asked for time to amend her original complaint.

Village attorney Gordon Kinate told Souk he was ready to proceed with a hearing Thursday on his motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Souk granted Ratcliffe's request for more time to make changes to her complaint. Kinate said he expects to file a new motion to dismiss any allegations filed by Radcliffe.

The judge set an Aug. 31 hearing in the case.

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