This Week in Springfield – 99-41



Conventional wisdom holds that presidential election years are generally very good for Democratic candidates as voter turnout is higher than in non-presidential election years. Illinois has witnessed elections where Republicans did well around the nation but not here. This year, voter turnout was indeed high but the conventional wisdom only held for statewide offices and one congressional district.

Illinois Republicans scored impressive wins last night in the various Illinois General Assembly races netting a four-seat pick-up in the House and a two-seat pick-up in the Senate. However, this changes very little. When the 100th Illinois General Assembly convenes on January 11th, the Democrats will continue to hold a sizeable 67-51 majority in the Illinois House and a veto-proof 37-22 majority in the Senate. Nevertheless, Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto pen is now strengthened.

The Republican pick-ups were largely downstate with the exception of the 63rd House District in suburban McHenry County. This district has long been a Republican-leaning seat but had been unassailable as long as Rep. Jack Franks (D- Marengo) was in the seat. His decision to seek the chairmanship of the McHenry County Board gave the Republicans an almost certain pick-up which happened with the election of Steven Reick (R- Harvard). The Republicans decisively held the 20th House District, the only district where a Republican represents part of the City of Chicago. Many pundits assumed incumbent Michael McAuliffe (R – Chicago) would lose to Merry Marwig (D-Chicago) – particularly in a presidential election cycle. All was not perfect for the Republicans, however. State Representative Dwight Kay (R- Glen Carbon) lost his re-election to Katie Stuart (D- Edwardsville). TWIS readers may recall that two years ago, Kay barely won re-election so this was always expected to be a close race.  In the Senate, the Republican’s captured the 59th Senate District long held by Senator Gary Forby (D- Marion). The Senate Republicans had already been given a pick-up in the 47th Senate District. Senator John Sullivan (D- Rushville) announced his retirement. Former State Representative Jil Tracy (R- Quincy) sought the seat. The district is decidedly Republican and the Democrats didn’t even mount a challenge.

The results of the night highlighted once again how difficult it is for Republicans to run and win statewide in Illinois primarily due to the concentrated Democratic turnout in the City of Chicago and Cook County. Hillary Clinton easily won Illinois as did Tammy Duckworth for US Senate. Additionally, Chicago City Clerk and former State Representative Susanna Mendoza (D- Chicago) bested Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger (R- Lincolnshire) in the special election for that office. Munger was seeking to hold the office to which she was appointed by Governor Rauner in 2014 when then-Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died unexpectedly shortly after the 2014 election. Comptroller-elect Mendoza will now seek re-election in 2018 along with the other members of the Illinois Executive Branch.

In the Illinois congressional districts, conventional wisdom held. The 10th Congressional district once again changed hands as Democrat Brad Schneider recaptured the seat he lost two years ago during a non-presidential election cycle to Congressman Bob Dold. This district has changed hands in 2012, 2014, and now 2016 with Republicans winning in non-presidential years and Democrats in presidential years. It is the epitome of a swing district.

Money was the theme of the election in Illinois. Spending records were shattered as Democrats and Republicans spent tens of millions on the various races. The McAuliffe/Marwig race was the most expensive race in the country for a state legislative seat. At this writing, it is nearly impossible to ascertain how exactly much was spent but it will easily eclipse $50 million. It was the first time the Republicans could match or exceed the Democrats and allowed the Republican’s to put in place an organized ground-game and coordination unlike any they have had in decades. That clearly had an impact in the Assembly races and helped them to blunt the formidable and legendary Madigan ground game.

There will be 20 new members in the 100th Assembly, barring any retirements between now and then. That represents an 11 percent turnover in just this cycle.

What follows is a race-by-race report of who won and who did not in Illinois last night.




Donald J. Trump (R-New York)/Michael R. Pence (R- Indianapolis) defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York)/Timothy Michael Kaine (D- Virginia)


Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) defeated Mark Steven Kirk* (R-Highland Park)



Susana Mendoza (D- Chicago) defeated Leslie Geissler Munger* (R-Lincolnshire)


1-   Bobby Rush* (D-Chicago) defeated August Deuser (R-Mokena)

2-   Robin Kelly* (D-Matteson) defeated John Morrow  (R-County Club Hills)

3 – Daniel Lipinski* (D- Western Springs) defeated Ken McGraw, Jr. (R-Homer Glen)

4 – Luis Gutierrez* (D-Chicago)

5 – Mike Quigley* (D-Chicago) defeated Vince Kolber (R-Chicago)

6 – Peter Roskam* (R-Wheaton) defeated Amanda Howland (D-Lake Zurick)

7- Danny Davis* (D- Chicago) defeated Jeffrey Leef (R-River Forest)

8- Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Schaumburg) defeated Peter Dicianni (R-Elmhurst)

9 – Janice Schakowsky* (D-Evanston) defeated Joan McCarthy Lasonde (R-Wilmette)

10- Brad Schneider (D- Deerfield) defeated Robert Dold* (R-Kenilworth)

11– Bill Foster* (D- Naperville) defeated Tonia Khouri (R-Aurora)

12 – Mike Bost* (R-Murphysboro) defeated Charles Baricevic (D- Belleville)

13– Rodney Davis* (R-Taylorville) defeated Mark Wicklund (D-Decatur)

14- Randy Hultgren* (R- Plano) defeated Jim Walz (D- Gurnee)

15– John Shimkus* (R-Collinsville)

16– Adam Kinzinger* (R-Channahon)

17 – Cheri Bustos* (D-East Moline) defeated Patrick Harlan (R-Galesburg)

18 – Darin LaHood * (R- Peoria) defeated Junius Rodriguez (D-Eureka)



1 – Antonio Munoz* (D-Chicago)

2 – Omar Aquino* (D-Chicago)

4 – Kimberly Lightford* (D-Maywood)

5 – Patricia Van Pelt* (D-Chicago)

7 – Heather Steans* (D-Chicago)

8– Ira Silverstein* D-(Chicago)

10 – John Mulroe* (D-Chicago)

11 – Martin Sandoval* (D-Chicago)

13 – Kwame Raoul * (D-Chicago)

14 – Emil Jones III* (D-Chicago)

16 – Jacqueline Collins* (D-Chicago)

17 – Donne Trotter* (D-Chicago)

19 – Michael Hastings* (D-Tinley Park)

20 – Iris Martinez* (D-Chicago)

22 – Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) defeated Tracy Smodilla (R-Bartlett)

23 – Thomas Cullerton* (D-Villa Park) defeated Seth Lewis (R-Bartlett)

25 – Jim Oberweis* (R-Sugar Grove) defeated Corinne Pierog (D-St. Charles)

26 – Dan McConchie* (R-Hawthorn Woods) defeated Kelly Mazeski (D-Barrington)

28 – Laura Murphy* (D-Des Plaines) defeated Mel Thillens (R-Park Ridge)

29 – Julie A. Morrison* (D-Deerfield) defeated Benjamine Salzberg (R-Northbrook)

31 – Melinda Bush* (D-Grayslake) defeated Michael Amrozowicz (R-Gurnee)

32 – Pamela Althoff* (R-McHenry) defeated Melissa Coyne (D-Fox Lake)

34 – Steve Stadelman* (D-Caledonia)

35 – Dave Syverson* – (R-Rockford)

37 – Chuck Weaver* (R-Peoria)

38 – Sue Rezin* (R-Morris) defeated Christine Benson (D-Ottawa)

40 – Toi Hutchinson* (D-Olympia Fields)

41 – Christine Radogno* (R-Lemont)

43 – Pat McGuire* (D-Joliet)

44 – Bill Brady* (R-Bloomington)

46 – Dave Koehler* (D-Peoria)

47 – Jil Tracy* (R-Quincy)

49 – Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant* (D-Shorewood) defeated Michelle Smith (R-Plainfield)

50- William “Sam” McCann* (R-Plainview)

52 – Scott Bennett* (D-Champaign) defeated Michael P. Madigan (R-Urbana)

53 – Jason Barickman* (R-Bloomington)

55 – Dale A. Righter* (R-Mattoon)

56 – William Haine* (D-Alton)

58 – Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) defeated Sheila Simon (D-Carbondale)

59 – Dale Fowler (R- Harrisburg) defeated Gary Forby* (D-Benton)



1 – Daniel Burke* (D-Chicago)

2 – Theresa Mah (D- Chicago)

3 – Luis Arroyo* (D-Chicago)

4 – Cynthia Soto* (D- Chicago)

5 – Juliana Stratton (D- Chicago)

6 – Sonya Marie Harper* (D-Chicago)

7 – Emanuel “Chris” Welch* (D-Hillside)

8 – LaShawn Ford* (D-Chicago)

9 – Art Turner, Jr.* (D- Chicago)

10–Melissa Conyears (D-Chicago) defeated Mark Spognardi (R-Chicago)

11– Ann Williams* (D- Chicago) defeated Gary Mandell (R-Chicago)

12 – Sara Feigenholtz* (D-Chicago) defeated Gene Witt (R-Chicago)

13 – Gregory Harris* (D-Chicago)

14 – Kelly Cassidy* (D-Chicago)

15 – John D’Amico* (D-Chicago) defeated Jonathan Edelman (R-Chicago)

16 – Lou Lang* (D-Skokie)

17 –Laura Fine* (D-Glenview)

18– Robyn Gabel* (D-Evanston) defeated Jessica Tucker (R-Winnetka)

19 –Robert Martwick Jr.* (D-Chicago)

20 – Michael McAuliffe* (R-Chicago) defeated Merry Marwig (D- Chicago)

21– Silvana Tabares* (D-Chicago)

22 – Michael J. Madigan* (D-Chicago)

23– Michael Zalewski* (D-Riverside)

24 – Elizabeth Hernandez* (D-Cicero) defeated Andy Kirchoff (R-Berwyn)

25 – Barbara Flynn Currie* (D-Chicago)

26 –Christian Mitchell* (D-Chicago)

27 – Monique Davis* (D-Chicago)

28 – Robert “Bob” Rita* (D-Blue Island)

29 –Thaddeus Jones* (D-Calumet City)

30 – William “Will” Davis* (D-Homewood)

31 – Mary Flowers* (D-Chicago)

32 – Andre Thapedi* (D-Chicago)

33 – Marcus Evans, Jr.* (D-Chicago)

34 – Elgie Sims, Jr.*(D-Chicago)

35 –Frances Ann Hurley* (D-Chicago) defeated Victor Horne (R-Chicago)

36 –Kelly Burke* (D-Evergreen Park)

37 – Margo McDermed* (R-Mokena)

38 – Al Riley* (D-Olympia Fields)

39 – Will Guzzardi* (D-Chicago)

40 –Jamie Andrade, Jr.* (D-Chicago)

41 –Grant Wehrli* (R-Naperville)

42 – Jeanne Ives* (R-Wheaton) defeated Kathleen Carrier (D-Carol Stream)

43 – Anna Moeller* (D-Elgin) defeated Richard Evans (R-Elgin)

44 – Fred Crespo* (D-Hoffman Estates) defeated Katy Dolan Baumer (R-Streamwood)

45 –Christine Winger* (R-Wood Dale) defeated Cynthia Borbas (D-Carol Stream)

46 – Deborah O’ Keefe Conroy* (D- Villa Park) defeated Heidi Holan (R-Glen Ellyn)

47 – Patricia “Patti” Bellock* (R-Hinsdale)

48 –Peter Breen* (R-Lombard) defeated Steve Swanson (D-Lombard)

49 –Mike Fortner* (R-West Chicago)

50 –Keith Wheeler* (R-Oswego) defeated Valerie Burd (D-Yorkville)

51 – Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington)

52 – David McSweeney* (R-Barrington Hills)

53 –David Harris* (R-Arlington Heights)

54 –Thomas “Tom” Morrison* (R-Palatine)

55 – Martin Moylan* (D-Des Plaines) defeated Dan Gott (R-Des Plaines)

56 – Michelle Mussman* (D-Schaumburg) defeated Jillian Bernas (R-Schaumburg)

57 – Elaine Nekritz* (D-Northbrook)

58 – Scott Drury* (D-Highwood) defeated Martin Blumenthal (R-Highland Park)

59 – Carol Sente* (D-Vernon Hills) defeated Dawn Abernathy (R-Mundelein)

60 –Rita Mayfield* (D-Waukegan) defeated Robert Ochsner (R-Waukegan)

61 –Sheri Jesiel* (R-Winthrop Harbor) defeated Nick Ciko (D-Lindenhurst)

62 – Sam Yingling* (D-Grayslake) defeated Rod Drobinski (R-Wauconda)

63 – Steven Reick (R-Harvard) defeated John Bartman (D-Marengo)

64 –Barbara Wheeler* (R-Crystal Lake)

65 –Steven Andersson*   (R-Geneva)

66 –Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) defeated Nancy Zettler (D-Algonquin)

67 – Litesa Wallace* (D-Rockford)

68 – John Cabello* (R-Machesney Park) defeated Tricia Sweeney (D-Loves Park)

69 –Joe Sosnowski* (R-Rockford) defeated Angelique Bodine (D-Poplar Grove)

70 – Robert Pritchard* (R-Hinckley)

71 – Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) defeated Mike Smiddy* (D-Hillsdale)

72 – Michael Halpin* (D-Milan) defeated Brandi McGuire (R-Milan)

73 – Ryan Spain (R-Peoria)

74 – Daniel Swanson* (R-Alpha) defeated Bill Butts (D-Galesburg)

75 –David Welter* (R-Morris) defeated Martha Shugart (D-Morris)

76 – Jerry Lee Long (R-Streator) defeated Andy Skoog* (D-LaSalle)

77 – Kathleen Willis* (D-Addison) defeated Anthony Airdo (R-Melrose Park)

78 – Camille Lilly* (D-Chicago)

79 – Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) defeated Katherine Cloonen* (D-Kankakee)

80 – Anthony DeLuca* (D-Chicago Heights)

81 –David Olsen* (R-Downers Grove) defeated Greg Hose (D-Downers Grove)

82 – Jim Durkin* (R-Western Springs)

83 – Linda Chapa LaVia* (D-Aurora)

84 – Stephanie Kifowit* (D-Oswego) defeated Mike Strick (R-Naperville)

85 – Emily McAsey* (D-Lockport)

86 – Lawrence Walsh, Jr.* (D-Elwood)

87 –Tim Butler* (R-Springfield)

88 –Keith Sommer* (R-Morton)

89 – Brian Stewart* (R-Freeport)

90 –Tom Demmer* (R-Dixon)

91 – Michael Unes* (R-East Peoria)

92 – Jehan Gordon-Booth* (D-Peoria)

93 –Norine Hammond* (R-Macomb) defeated John Curtis (D-Macomb)

94 –Randy Frese* (R-Paloma) defeated Bobby Pritchett (D-Roseville)

95 – Avery Bourne* (R-Raymond) defeated Mike Mathis (D-Gillespie)

96 – Sue Scherer* (D-Decatur) defeated Cynthia Wolfer (R-Macon

97 –Mark Batinick* (R-Plainfield)

98 – Natalie Manley* (D-Joliet)

99 –Sara Wojcicki Jimenez* (R-Leland Grove) defeated Anthony DelGiorno (D-Springfield)

100 –Christopher “C.D.” Davidsmeyer* (R-Jacksonville)

101 – Bill Mitchell* (R-Forsyth) defeated Christine Law (D-Forsyth)

102 – Brad Halbrook* (R-Shelbyville)

103 – Carol Ammons* (D-Urbana)

104 – Chad Hays* (R-Catlin)

105 –Dan Brady* (R-Bloomington)

106 –Thomas Bennett* (R-Gibson City)

107 – John Cavaletto* (R-Salem)

108 –Charles Meier* (R-Okawville)

109 –David Reis* (R-Willow Hill)

110 –Reginald “Reggie” Phillips* (R-Charleston) defeated Dennis Malak (D-Charleston)

111 – Daniel Beiser* (D-Alton) defeated Mike Babcock (R-Bethalto)

112 – Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) defeated Dwight Kay* (R-Glen Carbon)

113 –Jay Hoffman* (D-Swansea) defeated Katherine L. Ruocco (R-Swansea)

114 –LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis) defeated Bob Romanik (R-Belleville

115 –Terri Bryant* (R-Murphysboro) defeated Marsha Griffin (D-Jonesboro)

116 –Jerry Costello II* (D-Smithton)

117 – Dave Severin (R-Benton) defeated John Bradley* (D-Mar

118 – Brandon Phelps* (D-Harrisburg) defeated Jason Kasiar (R-Eldorado)

Bold = Winner

* = Incumbent