Former President Donald Trump attends a campaign event ahead of the Republican presidential primary in North Charleston, South Carolina, on February 14.

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(CNN) --

In a surprise move, an Illinois judge removed former President Donald Trump from the state's ballot based on the 14th Amendment's so-called "insurrection prohibition."

The decision is on hold, giving Trump a short period of time to appeal.

Wednesday's unexpected decision comes as a similar anti-Trump challenge from Colorado is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to reject arguments that Trump is barred from office.

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Cook County Circuit Judge Tracie Porter removed Trump from the Illinois ballot a month after the Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed the anti-Trump challenge.

In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, the elections board dismissed the anti-Trump case because it said it did not have jurisdiction to review the matter.

Illinois is now the third state where Trump was booted from the ballot, after Colorado and Maine.

But those decisions were put on hold pending the appeal of the Colorado case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Trump can appeal the judge's decision in Illinois state courts.

It has already rejected similar lawsuits in many other states.

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