Jim Hickey, president of the Orland Fire Protection District, isn't running for the 2nd Congressional District seat as he had announced late last year.
Hickey of Orland Park said he wasn't able to file his paperwork for the special primary election because he didn't collect enough signatures by the Jan. 7 filing deadline.
He announced his plans to run in the Feb. 26 special primary in November shortly after former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from the seat.
Because the short period to collect signatures for nominating petitions fell during the holidays, Hickey said he wasn't able to fill up his nominating petitions in time.
"I didn't get enough signatures in the limited amount of time with all my other responsibilities I had going on," he said. "Normally, there's a bigger window to get signatures, and this was a small window right during the Christmas season."
Hickey previously ran for the 11th Congressional District seat in 2012. He lost the primary election to Naperville's Bill Foster, who went on to win the general election.
Twenty-two other candidates did file their paperwork ahead of the deadline for the special primary for the 2nd Congressional seat, including 17 Democrats and five Republicans.