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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

candidates for state legislature

Who is running for the state legislature?

Sen. Louis Viverito (District 11), Sen. Dan Cronin (District 21) and Sen. Don Harmon (District 39) aren't up for election in 2010. After the 2010 Census, the map of districts will be redrawn to balance changes in population. All state senators will stand for election in the 2012 cycle. Sen. Kimberly Lightford is running for re-election in 2010. However, no candidates filed to run against her.

State representatives stand for election every two years. However, Rep. Karen Yarbrough (7th District), Rep. LaShawn Ford (8th District) and Rep. Deborah Graham (78th District) are running unopposed, like Lightford.

Rep. Michael Zalewski (21st District) represents a district that includes (in Proviso) much of Brookfield and some of La Grange Park. See the district map (pdf).

The following candidates filed:

Democrats
  • Terrence J. Collins*, Chicago (Garfield Ridge), no campaign website found, no Wikipedia entry
  • Michael Zalewski*, Chicago (Clearing), Facebook, Wikipedia

Republican
  • Jeffrey P. Malinowski, Chicago (Garfield Ridge), no campaign website found, no Wikipedia entry

Rep. Bob Biggins currently represents the 41st District (map (pdf)) and is retiring. The district includes at least some of Berkeley, Hillside, Westchester, La Grange Park and Brookfield.

The following candidates filed to represent this district.

Republican
  • Matt Burden*, La Grange Park, campaign website, no Wikipedia entry
  • Chris Nybo*, Elmhurst, campaign website, no Wikipedia entry
  • Rafael Rivadeneira*, Elmhurst, campaign website, no Wikipedia entry
  • Brien Sheahan*, Elmhurst, Facebook, no Wikipedia entry
  • Mike Manzo, Oak Brook, no campaign website found, no Wikipedia entry

Democrat
  • Brian J. Stephenson*, La Grange Park, no campaign website found, no Wikipedia entry

BTW, I'm not particularly inspired to cover the races for the constitutional officers (governor, sec of state, AG, lt gov, treasurer and comptroller). Feel free to make the case that it's important.

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