When voters in northwestern Illinois go to the polls in November, there may be a third name on the ballot for Congress. Galena real-estate broker Bill Fawell has announced he's running for the 17th District seat now held by East Moline Democrat Cheri Bustos.
Running as a member of the Constitution Party, Fawell says all of our problems these days are caused by the federal government, and the only solution is for the people to take back control.
For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The district covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.
Northern Illinois University political scientist, Matt Streb, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:
Former Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has been declared the winner of the Republican primary race for state Treasurer. He defeated DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.
Cross resigned his legislative seat in the fall to seek the post held by defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford. Cross has said that, if elected, he will sue the General Assembly and governor if they don't create a balance budget.
Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.
16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger easily secured the Republican nomination in his re-election bid. The incumbent defeated Tea Party activist David Hale by a difference of more than 55-percentage points.
Next week, Republican voters in the 75th Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader.
Republican State Representative Kay Hatcher announced last fall she wouldn’t run for the 50th district seat she has held since 2009. It didn’t take long for four Republicans and a Democrat to come forward and announce their intentions to replace her. We continue our primary election previews with a look at the candidates in the district that covers portions of southern Kane and northern Kendall counties.