* Kerry Lester…
Democratic state Rep. Carol Sente is the latest in a long string of moderate suburban lawmakers to leave office.
She will not seek another term in 2018, she told the Daily Herald exclusively. […]
In office since 2009, Sente said she “set a goal from the outset to serve between eight and 12 years.” News of her departure comes as a host of other moderates from the suburbs have announced similar plans, as an atmosphere of partisan gridlock pervades the state capitol in Springfield.
“I think moderate legislators are getting lost and that troubles me,” Sente said. “Those of us in the middle, frankly, are drowning.”
Her retirement letter is here.
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…Adding More… The Wheeler mentioned above is Barb Wheeler. Rep. Keith Wheeler is running again.