WNIJ's Jenna Dooley previews the 6th congressional district
Democrat Leslie Coolidge is facing incumbent Republican Peter Roskam. Coolidge, a Harvard educated CPA, says she has the fiscal wherewithal to help make the economy a priority in Washington. Roskam campaigns in a Democrat-drawn district which largely keeps a Republican stronghold of voters. The district includes portions of McHenry and Kane counties.
WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU Political Scientist Matt Streb about the two candidates
There are several similarities between the candidates in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Democratic-leaning chunks from Rockford and Peoria as well as wrapping through the Quad Cities and across rural northwestern Illinois.
A number of candidates are running unopposed in their party’s primary. In some cases, there is no one running in the other party’s primary, either. That could mean that, for some candidates, the fall election will be a mere formality.
Along with the broad array of candidates seeking their party nomination to political office, a number of other issues will be presented for voters’ decisions. The most popular issue is electrical aggregation. This issue has been supported by government officials at all levels and by business and community leaders.
The new 16th Congressional District includes parts of Rockford, Dekalb, LaSalle and areas south of Chicago. It's been represented since 1993 by Rockford-area Republican Don Manzullo. His opponent is fellow Republican representative Adam Kinzinger. In a recent interview with WNIJ, Kinzinger touted his accomplishments during his short time in Washington. "I've been in Congress for 13 months. We've changed the conversation since we've been there, myself and the freshman class, from how much more we're going to spend, how much we're going to cut and how we're going to pay for things."