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Monday, Nov 25, 2019 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Greg Bishop at The Center Square did a lot of work today and pieced together a bunch of legislative candidate filings

Among the candidates who filed were two Democrats seeking the 3rd District seat in the Illinois House. That seat was vacated by former state Rep. Luis Arroyo. He stepped down after he was charged with bribing an unnamed state senator. He has pleaded not guilty.

House Speaker Michael Madigan signaled the House would challenge the qualifications of the person party leaders chose for the seat if Arroyo had any part in the selection project. Party leaders in that district chose Eva Dina Delgado to take Arroyo’s seat. She filed Monday, as did David Feller.

Peter Breen of Lombard filed as a Republican in an effort to regain the 48th House district seat he lost to state Rep. Terra Costa-Howard, D-Glen Ellyn. Costa-Howard also filed Monday.

There could be a Republican primary in the 74th Illinois House district. State Rep. Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, filed, as did Frank Ostling of Amboy. Another Republican primary would pit state Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, against Carolyn Schofield of Crystal Lake, both filed for the 66th District seat. Democrats Suzanne Ness of Crystal Lake and Jim Malone of Carpentersville also filed papers for the 66th District seat.

Three Republicans – David Friess of Red Bud, David Holder of Baldwin and Kevin Schmidt of Millstadt – could face off to challenge state Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville. All three filed Monday.

Four Republicans filed Monday for the 115th House seat being vacated by state Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro. Bryant filed for the 58th state Senate district on Monday. The four Republicans vying for her seat are John Howard of Texico, Johnnie Ray Smith II of Ashley, Clifford Lindemann of Bluford and Zachary Meyer of DuQuoin.

Three Republicans are vying for the seat of state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, after Bailey announced he’s running for the state Senate. The three Republicans are Andy Hires of Olney, Cory Musgrave of Geff and Adam Niemerg of Dieterich. Bailey filed Monday for the 55th Senate District.

Two Democrats, Maggie Trevor of Rolling Meadows and Ryan Huffman of Palatine, want to unseat state Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine. Two Republicans, Al Manzo of Addison and Michael Camerer of Bartlett, want to challenge state Rep. Diane Pappas, D-Itasca.

In the Illinois Senate, state Sen. Chuck Weaver, R-Peoria, could face a challenge in the primary from Win Stoller of East Peoria. Both filed as Republicans. State Sen. Tony Munoz, D-Chicago, could face Froylan Jimenez of Chicago in the Democratic primary. State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, faces a primary challenge from Ken Thomas of Chicago. State Sen. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago, could be challenged by Danny O’Toole of Chicago.

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, isn’t running for reelection. Republicans Tim Ozinga of Mokena and Tim Baldermann of New Lenox filed Monday for that seat as did Democrat Michelle Fadeley of Joliet.

State Rep. Theresa Mah, D-Chicago, could face a challenge in March from Bobby Martinez Olsen of Chicago. State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, may face a challenge from Marlo Barnett of Chicago. State Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, could see a challenge from Marc Loveless of Chicago. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, could see a challenge from Ryan Podges of Chicago. State Rep. Omar Williams, D-Chicago, could face Gerard Moorer of Chicago in the primary.

State Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, has two party challengers, Joe Duplenchin and Patti Vasquez, both of Chicago. All three filed petitions Monday. State Rep. Yahiel Kalish, D-Chicago, faces a primary challenge from Denyse Stoneback of Skokie.

* Meanwhile, here’s Katlyn Smith at the Daily Herald

The start of filing for the March 17 primary election in DuPage County attracted an unprecedented number of Democrats Monday in what, until a year or so ago, had been a traditional Republican stronghold.

Democrats were filing nominating petitions Monday to challenge Republican incumbents for all six available county board seats next fall. Several of those Democratic candidates could find themselves in contested spring primaries. […]

The most hotly contested Democratic primary has emerged in District 4, where five candidates are expected to vie for their party’s nod to face incumbent Republican Tim Elliott of Glen Ellyn next November.

At least four of those candidates filed Monday morning — Hadiya Afzal of Glen Ellyn, Lynn LaPlante of Glen Ellyn, John Jacobs of Wheaton and Janette DeFelice of Glen Ellyn. Party leaders say they also expect Hailey Nicewanner of Glen Ellyn to run.

Smith has the entire rundown, so if you’re into this topic, click here.


  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 4:59 pm:

    Peter Breen running for his old seat, in this race, is going to really put into focus how deep the Blue is in DuPage, as the opportunity of Breen asking that same district to send him back against an incumbent, it’ll be telling.

  2. - SAP - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 8:38 pm:

    Feigenholtz could face Ryan Podges…House or Senate?

  3. - @SAP - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 9:48 pm:


  4. - Been There - Monday, Nov 25, 19 @ 10:12 pm:

    ===. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, could see a challenge from Ryan Podges of Chicago===
    Center Square is probably dizzy from reading so many filings but obviously that won’t be the match up. At least as anyone who reads CapFax knows. Unless something goes very wrong for Sara.

  5. - DuPage Moderate - Tuesday, Nov 26, 19 @ 6:28 am:


    I don’t 100% agree that Breen will be a litmus test on DuPage Blue. Ordinarily, I would never vote for Costa-Howard after her tax vote; but sure as hell am not voting for Breen. So Costa-Howard will get the nod. It’s akin to Warren v. Trump. No way I would ever consider voting for Trump - but if he is running against Sanders or Warren…

  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Nov 26, 19 @ 7:13 am:

    === Ordinarily, I would never vote for Costa-Howard after her tax vote; but sure as hell am not voting for Breen.===

    That’s my point. It wasn’t *that* long ago, merely being a Republican was enough. Now let’s see if Breen can make that statement, as a challenger, more true again, or has DuPage changed, and is going to stay changed.

    To your other point;

    There are plenty of folks that will vote for POTUS because they won’t vote for a Dem. in Illinois, it appears the 51st state folks would be some of them.

    All good. Thanks.

  7. - low level - Tuesday, Nov 26, 19 @ 10:01 am:

    Podges wont be the only one to file “against” Feigenholtz, assuming she is appointed Senator and resigns her position on the ballot for the House. There will be at least one and maybe two more to file for that seat.

  8. - Small Town - Tuesday, Nov 26, 19 @ 2:04 pm:

    Here’s the low down on Weaver/Stoller primary challenge:

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