Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Rezin files paperwork to run for US House
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Rezin files paperwork to run for US House

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Press release

Republican State Senator Sue Rezin today filed the required statement of organization and declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to run for Congress in the 14th District of Illinois which Lauren Underwood won as a Democrat last fall.

Rezin’s campaign for Congress will begin organizing and raising funds immediately. A formal announcement of candidacy event will the held in the months to come.

Rezin has won every election she entered beginning with an upset victory in defeating longtime Illinois State Representative Careen Gordon who was an incumbent Democrat heavily backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s money and operation in a Tier One race. Previous to her race against Rezin, Gordon repeatedly won a series of tough election challenges. This is a seat Republicans have held ever since. Since then Rezin won reelection to the Illinois State Senate three times including two Tier One races against Christine Benson who is the sister of Chicago Democrat Congressman Mike Quigley.

Other GOP candidates include state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Rep. Allen Skillicorn. Rezin will be in the middle of a four-year term next year so she doesn’t have to give up her seat.


  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:13 pm:

    ===Rezin will be in the middle of a four-year term next year so she doesn’t have to give up her seat.===

    Underwood will have the healthcare card to play, again, as the Trumpkins are again in court trying to take away Obamacare.

    My take on all this is why I grabbed what I grabbed.

    The more Raunerite-types that can leave the GA the better.

    Rezin is insulated from leaving the playing field.

  2. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:18 pm:

    From what I can tell, Rep. Underwood is doing a great or very good job. She stands for health insurance expansion and protections literally at a time that the Trump administration and many Republicans are trying to end the ACA via the courts, today at a federal appeals court. What is Candidate Rezin’s position on this lawsuit and the ACA?

  3. - Iggy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:18 pm:

    =healthcare card to play=

    Last time I checked the American health care system has not changed one iota since Rep. Underwood became elected. Co sponsoring house bills that die in the Senate are not real accomplishments, I look forward to seeing what she actually plans on running on.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:21 pm:

    ===Last time I checked the American health care system has not changed one iota since Rep. Underwood became elected. ===

    … and yet, there are two cases under consideration today that are trying to end Obamacare.

    Use the Google key.


  5. - OutOfState - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:23 pm:

    ===Last time I checked the American health care system has not changed one iota since Rep. Underwood became elected.===

    Yeah, that’s the point. The GOP attempts to repeal Obamacare in 2017 were wildly unpopular…

  6. - LC Illini - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:24 pm:

    Closest we’ll get to an “A-List Republican” in 2020. As far as I’m concerned, she’s got the best shot to beat Underwood.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:25 pm:

    - Just Another Anon -

    Raunerites “believe” if they ignore their history, we will all ignore who they are, and what they did.

    If you don’t like the receipts, don’t pay the freight on them.

    ===You seem…angrier than normal today. Did you forget the cream in your coffee or just a delayed case of the Mondays?===

    I am a bit sad.



    That happens sometimes.

    If anything, I’m channeling those feelings as I’d hope I would.

  8. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:27 pm:

    “Co sponsoring house bills that die in the Senate are not real accomplishments”

    Should Underwood sit back and do nothing but whine that she’s not in charge, like our former governor? She has a responsibility to work for her constituents. It would be malpractice for Underwood to make excuses for not trying to do what she was elected to do.

  9. - Lefty Lefty - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:32 pm:

    The Republican primary is getting more and more interesting. Which will win–the race to the middle or the race to the right?

  10. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:33 pm:

    I personally would like most of the ACA eliminated. Pre existing conditions can stay in place.

  11. - Nick - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:35 pm:

    You can’t have your healthcare cake and eat it too. If you want people with preexisting conditions to be covered, or not to be priced out of the market, you need measures in place to ensure/force more healthy people to the insurance markets.

  12. - Nick - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:39 pm:

    Though that being said this race should be treated as a pure toss-up. IL-14 is the exact sort of suburban district that Trump has had trouble in, though he did win it in 2016. I want to say the first reelection bid is typically the hardest for incumbents too, and Presidential turnout won’t necessarily be to Underwood’s benefit if the electorate is more Republican-leaning than what turned out in the midterms; though midterm turnout was exceptionally high. I’m gonna be bullish on her odds, but it’ll be a race to watch like IL-13.

  13. - JSS - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:39 pm:

    ===… and yet, there are two cases under consideration today that are trying to end Obamacare.

    Use the Google key.===

    To add, beyond healthcare, Rezin going to have to answer questions about border detention camps, impeachment of the president, tariffs, war(?) with Iran, plus whatever other misguided policies from POTUS over the next 12+ months.

    In short, Underwood just has to run against Trump policies instead of Rezin again.

  14. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:40 pm:

    She’ll be hit for voting with Rauner from both the right and left…that’ll be a sight to see.

  15. - RR - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 2:57 pm:

    Rezin led a state senate bill on preexisting conditions. Not going to be as easy for Underwood to demonize as other Republicans.

    Rezin was also detested by top Rauner staff and defied them on a few high profile votes. Her record is mainstream conservative and of all the candidates including Underwood, Rezin most closely is in tune with the majority of voters.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:00 pm:

    ===Rezin was also detested by top Rauner staff and defied them on a few high profile votes.===

    … and yet… the 99th GA.

    I have the receipts. Rezin is who she is.

    She didn’t vote to stop the budget impasse, so there’s that.

    Anything else?

  17. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    - RR -

    We are *NOT* going to re-litigate folks like Ms. Rezin.

    She wholly and completely supported Rauner’s hostage-taking by her switch.

    You can “angry, despise” but when it mattered… Rezin like the Raunerites did, purposely hurt Illinois. That’s who she is.

    If Ms. Rezin would like to apologize like former Rep. Breen did (then took it back, then lost, but I digress) I’ll look forward to that.

    But, we’re not going to have these phony “oh, no, they were against Rauner”

    No. Sorry. No.

  18. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    Rezin getting into this race is as much about life in the super minority sucking as it is her thinking she can be a Congresswoman.

  19. - A guy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:16 pm:

    Her entry in that race is positively disruptive. The DC R’s have been urging her for some time to get in. She’ll get some help from them I would guess. That should definitely be an R Seat. The mood of the country will have an impact there.

  20. - SaulGoodman - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:20 pm:

    **I personally would like most of the ACA eliminated. Pre existing conditions can stay in place**

    LOL - it doesn’t work like that.

  21. - Former Quigley Supporter - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:28 pm:

    Speaking of Underwood, she has recently done a first — working with a Republican co-sponsor on legislation she introduced at the end of June:

  22. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 3:44 pm:

    ==LOL - it doesn’t work like that.==

    It does if you have universal health care. But if insurance companies want to make a buck, no.

  23. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 4:10 pm:

    “I personally would like most of the ACA eliminated.”

    Ending Medicaid expansion and taking health insurance away from the poor and sick? While giving massive tax cuts to the rich? See you in church (in honor of Wordslinger).

    In some or many countries, private and public health insurance coexist. Too bad we as Americans don’t sit down and work hard to come up with the best possible system, even if it involves some private health insurance. Instead we have many who loathe compulsory health insurance of any kind, even if it’s mostly private insurance, and people who hate private insurance.

  24. - Olivia Pope - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 4:50 pm:

    For those that think the ACA is a great option, I challenge you to give up your insurance for 1year and go on the ACA. I’m not talking about the Medicaid expansion either.

    Pay the overpriced premium, for a plan that has a $5,000 deductible and a $1,000 fee for er. It’s not as nice as the insurance plan that government employees have. But it’s the plan that I have now and thankful that I haven’t had to use it.
    Changes need to be made, but the proposals from the republicans are not consumer friendly either.

  25. - lakeside - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 4:55 pm:

    OPope - I’ve been on the ACA. Definitely hear you that it can be expensive and isn’t as nice as employer/government plans. But, man, that thing saved my behind when I needed health care (I’d have been out way more than the, yes, expensive premiums and deduct). Not to mention that, without the ACA, I wouldn’t have been able to get insurance at any price because of a pre-exisiting condition.

    I would welcome improvements, but it’s saved people’s lives and saved them from bankruptcy. (I get very defensive of it.)

  26. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 6:56 pm:

    Voting for the gas tax should play wonderfully in the Republican primary haha

  27. - Smarter Conservative - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 10:12 pm:

    Sue Rezin is a Center-right conservative who will appeal to suburban moms, as she is a wife, mother and businesswoman, unlike Underwood. She’s a great campaigner with a track record of winning in a swing district. She’s the smart choice in this R primary.

  28. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 9, 19 @ 10:20 pm:

    “Sue Rezin is an apologetic Raunerite who will be reminded how her votes consistently hurt suburban moms, mothers and businesswomen, unlike Underwood who didn’t hurt folks at the behest of Bruce Rauner. She’s going to have to campaign with a track record of hurting Illinois to crush organized labor. She’s a choice in this R primary that will be reminded of her past hurtful votes”.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Isabel’s afternoon roundup
* Caption contest!
* Study: One out of nine Illinois prisoners were sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm
* Your feel-good story of the day
* Pritzker: Supreme Court ruling protecting mifepristone access is a “small victory” in the fight to protect women’s rights
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller