All 108 seats in the Illinois State House – two for each Legislative (or Senate) District -- are up for election following the 2011 redistricting. In the WNIJ listening area, 11 candidates are running unopposed. Nine of them are Republican incumbents, and both Democrats are incumbents as well.
Matt Streb chairs the political science department at Northern Illinois University. He's analyzed elections for a dozen years (although he did so as an amateur since he was 2). He offers his observation on tonight's contests, with an emphasis on U.S. House races in northern Illinois. Of special consideration: The 17th, 16th, 14th, 11th, 8th & 6th Districts.
Illinois' new 16th Congressional District will include parts of Rockford, DeKalb, and the LaSalle area. The old 16th is represented by Republican Don Manzullo of Egan, but last Spring he lost the primary to Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Manteno. Kinzinger was elected in 2010 to represent a neighboring district, the 11th.
Money has been pouring into one contentious Congressional race in the Chicago suburbs. National SuperPACs are fueling the negative advertising dominating the airwaves in the new 8th district, which covers an area including Schaumburg, Elgin, and Lombard. Republican Congressman Joe Walsh faces Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraqi War vet who most recently worked for the Veterans Administration in Washington.
The race for Illinois' new 11th Congressional District pits Democrat Bill Foster against Republican Judy Biggert. While on paper the district looks heavily Democratic, polls show the candidates running neck-and-neck.
Republican Clay Campbell has served as DeKalb County State’s Attorney since 2010, when he won a special election. He is seeking another term. Campbell’s opponent this fall is Democrat Richard Schmack, a private attorney who has previously served as an assistant state’s attorney in DeKalb County. The two candidates were asked a set of questions by WNIJ's Mike Moen.
Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato is seeking a second term. The Democrat is being challenged by Republican Glen Weber. Listen to our full interviews with both of the candidates, as they answer questions put to them by WNIJ's Susan Stephens.
The race for Illinois' 14th Congressional District pits a political newcomer against a veteran Republican lawmaker. This newly drawn district covers ground in several counties, including DeKalb, Kane, McHenry and Kendall.