Capitol News Report: October 2019
Legislative Candidate Start Circulating Petitions
The campaign season has kicked off with state legislative candidates circulating petitions for next year’s primary and general elections. Candidates for Senate and House seats must file their petitions with the State Board of Elections starting on November 25th. The last day to file petitions is December 2nd.
ABC member Tim Ozinga is running to replace Rep. Margo McDermed (R-New Lenox) in the 38th House District. Ozinga is likely to face two other primary opponents in the Republican Primary. The 38th district has historically been a strong republican district. Rep. McDermed announced her decision to not run for reelection earlier in the summer.
A number of incumbents also have announced their retirements or desire to seek other offices. In the Senate, Sen. Jennifer Bertino Tarrant (D-49th district-Shorewood) has decided to run for the open Will County Executive position. Her departure could make that a close race between the democrat and republican nominees next fall.
Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-40th district-Olympia Fields) is resigning from her seat to become the Marijuana Czar for state government. It appears that Rep. Anthony DeLuca (D-80th district-Chicago Heights) has the inside track to be appointed to the seat and will be running in 2020 for the Senate.
In the Joliet area, Sen. Pat McGuire (D-43rd district-Joliet) will not be running for reelection. Rep. John Connor (D-85th district-Lockport) is running to replace Sen. McGuire.
Former Representative Robert Martwick (D-19th district-Portage Park) was appointed to replace John Mulroe (D-10th district-Chicago) who departed for a judgeship.
Republican Senator Jim Oberweis (25th district-Sugar Grove) is leaving the Senate after his term expires as he is seeking the GOP nomination in the 14th Congressional district and face-off with Cong. Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville) in the fall. Freshman Rep. Karina Villa (D-49th district-West Chicago) has announced her intentions to run for the open senate seat.
Sen. Dale Righter (R-55th district-Mattoon) is retiring at the end of his term in 2020. Freshman Rep. Darren Bailey (R-109th district-Xenia) seeks the nomination in this heavy republican district.
Seeking a federal judgeship means Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-58th district-Waterloo) will be leaving the state Senate. Rep. Terri Bryant (R-115th district-Murphysboro) will attempt to win his seat in 2020.
In addition to the state representatives mentioned above who are looking to move up to the Senate, the following state representatives elected in 2018 have either left the General Assembly or do not plan to run for re-election:
Linda Chapa LaVia (D-83rd district-Aurora) took a position in the Pritzker administration
Melissa Conyears-Ervin (D-District 10-Chicago) elected City Clerk of Chicago
Jerry Costello, II (D-116th district-Belleville) took a position in the Pritzker administration
Mike McAuliffe (R-20th district-Chicago) resigned
David McSweeney (R-52nd district-Barrington Hills) seeking statewide office in 2022
Art Turner (D-9th district-Chicago) going into lobbying
These are the changes at the time of this writing. We will not be surprised if there are not more as we draw closer to the days for filing petitions for office.