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RIPPLE, Circuit Judge. The plaintiffs inthis case are several Illinois residentswho signed a petition to place a slate ofcandidates from the Libertarian Party ofIllinois (“LPI”) on Illinois’ generalelection ballot in November 1998, and Tobin for Governor, a political committeeformed for the purpose of electingLibertarian candidate James L. Tobin tothe governorship of Illinois(collectively “Tobin for Governor”).Tobin for Governor brought this actionunder 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983, and it allegedthat the Illinois State Board ofElections (“ISBE” or “the Board”) and itsindividual members (collectively “thedefendants”) violated the First andFourteenth Amendments by refusing tocertify and to place on the ballot theLPI’s slate of candidates. It sought compensatory damages and a declaration thatthe ISBE’s decision was null andvoid. [FOOTNOTE 1]The defendants moved to dismissthe complaint. The district courtdismissed the ISBE and the individualmembers in their official capacities onthe ground of Eleventh Amendmentimmunity. It also dismissed the claimsfor damages against the board members intheir individual capacities on the groundthat they were entitled to quasi-judicialabsolute immunity. Lastly, the districtcourt dismissed the claim for declaratoryrelief as moot. Tobin for Governor nowappeals. For the reasons set forth in thefollowing opinion, we affirm the judgmentof the district court.

 
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