General Assembly Races In Northern Illinois Will Have Very Few Primary Contests

Dec 13, 2017

A total of 27 seats in the Illinois General Assembly representing northern Illinois will be on the ballot in 2018, but there will be only six contests in the March primary.

Five of them are for Illinois House seats, with the biggest field in the 67th District in Rockford. Six Democrats are seeking the nomination for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Litesa Wallace. No Republican has filed in that race.

Four other House districts will require a primary for one party. In Districts 70 and 76, two Democrats and one Republican have filed. In Districts 49 and 89, two Republicans and one Democrat filed.

For eight other House seats – in Districts 51, 52, 63, 64, 66, 73, 74 and 75 – only one Republican has filed for each seat. Just one of those candidates is not an incumbent.

In another seven House districts, only one candidate from each major party filed, so there will be no contest in the March primary.

There will be only one State Senate primary contest for the seven seats from northern Illinois on the ballot. That will be in the 32nd District in McHenry County, where Craig Wilcox and John Reinert are seeking the Republican nomination to face lone Democrat candidate Mary Mahady next November.

In five of the remaining Senate districts, only one candidate filed in each major party, requiring no primary contests. Incumbents have filed for re-election in only four of those districts.

In the 35th District, incumbent Republican Senator Dave Syverson is the only person of either party to file candidacy.