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Suburban Attorney Files Petition To Get Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Kicked Off Illinois Ballot

(CBS) -- A suburban attorney says he filed an objection to Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz being on the Illinois Primary ballot in hopes of bringing a court fight and help from Donald Trump, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Lawrence Joyce says his legal practice is usually limited to filing friends of the court briefs for anti-abortion rights groups, but he is challenging Senator Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president before the Illinois State Board of Elections and hopes rival Donald Trump takes notice.


"My case presents the perfect opportunity for Donald Trump himself to step forward and bring the matter to court personally," he said.

Joyce says he can't afford a court appeal.

"It would no doubt be impossible for me to absorb all the legal expenses by myself and it would foolish to try to do so when Mr. Trump has so much personal stock invested in this issue," he said.

Joyce says he hasn't spoken with anyone from the Trump campaign and he supports Ben Carson.

Ted Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother. Lawyers differ on what that means for his eligibility to be president.

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