Chuck Jefferson

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Saturday, March 31st was a pretty magical day for Chuck Jefferson -- dozens of his friends and colleagues gathered to honor the former state representative from Rockford, a library was named after him,  and it was his birthday.

Jefferson, a Democrat, represented the 67th district from 2001 until his retirement in 2014. Before that, he was a long-time member of the Winnebago County Board.  

He's also been a strong supporter of the  Booker Washington Center, a historic African-American community center on Rockford's southwest side. 

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Rockford has a new state representative. Litesa Wallace was chosen from five finalists today to replace retired 67th District Democrat Chuck Jefferson. 

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State Representative Chuck Jefferson says he’s retiring because it’s time to let someone younger take on the position. The Democrat held a retirement party of sorts at the State of Illinois building in Rockford’s downtown. 

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State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

This is the first in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois. We start with the Democrats running for state representative in the 67th district, which covers much of Rockford.