2018 elections

Illinois state Rep. Carol Sente says she won't run for re-election in 2018.

The Vernon Hills Democrat tells the Daily Herald that she met with House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday to tell him about her decision.

Sente's been in office since 2009. She says she initially planned to be in office for between eight and 12 years.

Sente is one of a handful of Illinois state lawmakers who recently said they're stepping down, including Northbrook Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

DeKalb County

Residents wanting to run for office can start collecting signatures Tuesday for the March primary.

Positions up for nomination include DeKalb County Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer and Regional Superintendent of Schools.

Doug Johnson is DeKalb County's Clerk and Recorder. He said this election may not draw as much attention as others, but said these offices have the largest impact in everyday life.

“These are the people that are making the laws and the rules, and running our state and county," he said.

Twitter: @_ErikaHarold

A lawyer who is a former Miss America says she's running for Illinois attorney general.

Erika Harold of Urbana announced plans Tuesday for a Republican bid to challenge four-term Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan in 2018.

Harold, 37, works as an attorney with the Meyer Capel law firm. She says in a statement that career politicians have "made it a nightmare for too many families in our state" and that Illinois needs a government that "works for them, not the powerful."