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illinoisPopulation: 12,859,995 (2015)

Filing deadline: November 30, 2015.

Primary: March 15, 2016.

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Illinois (D+8) is a former swing state that has gone left on the Presidential level. Roughly, the state is divided between urban Democrats and rural Republicans. It is 67% White, 14% Black, 13% Hispanic and 5% Asian.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 20. Illi­nois is a Democratic state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican.

Dick Durbin. (Pic: Congress)

Dick Durbin. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Dick Durbin (D) C
ommittees
: Appropriations, Judiciary, Rules.

Democratic nominee: Dick Durbin
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2020.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer and Chief Whip Dick Durbin (b.1944) served in the House from 1983 and was elected to the Senate in 1996. He won 53% in 2014.

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Mark Kirk. (Pic: Congress)

Mark Kirk. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Mark Kirk (R)
Committees: Banking, Appropriations, Health & Education.

Democratic nomineeTammy Duckworth
Republican nominee: Mark Kirk

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Moderate lawyer and veteran Mark Kirk (b.1959) spent five terms in the House before his election to the Senate in 2010, with 48%. He had a brain stroke in 2012 but is running for re-election. This is one of the best opportunities for the Democrats to gain a Senate seat in 2016 and their nominee is veteran and Congresswoman Tammy Duck­worth.

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Representatives: 18 Representatives; 10 Democrats and 8 Republicans.

Bobby Rush. (Pic: Congress)

Bobby Rush. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Bobby Rush (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Bobby Rush
Republican nomineeAugust Deuser

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+28) covers southern areas of Chicago, stretching into the southern suburbs. It is 37% White, 52% Black and 7% Hispanic. Theologian, activist and Chicago Councilman Bobby Rush (b.1946) was first elected in 1992 and defeated then-State Senator Barack Obama in the 2000 primary. He took 72% in 2014. The GOP nominee is retired teacher August Deuser.

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Robin Kelly. (Pic: Congress)

Robin Kelly. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
RepresentativeRobin Kelly (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Robin Kelly
Republican nominee: John Morrow

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+29) contains southeastern parts of Chicago, stretching south along he Indiana border into the suburbs. It is 33% White, 54% Black and 11% Hispanic. State Representative Robin Kelly (b.1956) first won a special election in 2013 and took 78% in 2014. The GOP nominee is John Morrow.

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Dan Lipinski. (Pic: Congress)

Dan Lipinski. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Dan Lipinski (D) Committees: Science, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Dan Lipinski
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+5) covers south central parts of Chicago, with southeastern suburbs. It is 66% White and 24% Hispanic. Moderate Dan Lipinski (b.1966) worked in the staff of several Democratic politicians before taking over this seat from his father in 2004. He won 64% in 2014.

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Luis Gutierrez. (Pic: Congress)

Luis Gutierrez. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Luis Gutierrez (D)
Committees: Judiciary, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Luis Guti­­errez
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+29) is one of the most blatant gerrymanders in the country, locally referred to as the earmuffs, due to its shape. It is 26% White and 66% Hispanic. Puerto Ricans dominate the northern part; Mexicans the southern. A thin strip of highway connects the two. Teacher and Chicago Councilman Luis Gutierrez (b.1953) was first elected in 1993 and took 78% in 2014.

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Mike Quigley. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Quigley. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Mike Quigley (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Mike Quigley
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+16) contains central parts of Chicago and is 73% White and 16% Hispanic. Lawyer and County Commissioner Mike Quigley (b.1958) was first elected in 2008 and took 63% in 2014.

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Peter Roskam. (Pic: Congress)

Peter Roskam. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Peter Roskam (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeAmanda Howland
Republican nominee: Peter Roskam

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+4) cover western parts of Chicago and is 82% White. Lawyer and State Senator Peter Roskam (b.1961) was first elected in 2006 and t0ok 67% in 2014. The Democratic nominee is lawyer Amanda Howland.

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Danny Davis. (Pic: Congress)

Danny Davis. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Danny Davis (D)
Committees: Ways and Means, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Danny Davis
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+30) contains southeastern and central parts of Chicago and is 30% White, 50% Black and 12% Hispanic. Teacher and County Commissioner Danny Davis (b.1941) was first elected in 1996 and took 85% in 2014.

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Tammy Duckworth. (Pic: Congress)

Tammy Duckworth. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Tammy Duckworth (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeRaja Krishnamoorthi
Republican nomineePete DiCianni

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+8) covers central and western parts of Chicago with suburbs. It is 61% White, 22% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Veteran Tammy Duckworth (b.1968) was first elected in 2012 and took 55% in 2014. She is running for Senate in 2016. The Democratic nominee is businessman Raja Krishnamoorthi. The GOP nominee is County Commissioner Pete DiCianni.

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Jan Schakowsky. (Pic: Congress)

Jan Schakowsky. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Jan Schakowsky (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Jan Scha­kowsky
Republican nomineeJoan Lasonde

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+15) covers northern and central parts of Chicago. It is 68% White, 10% Black, 10% Asian and 10% Hispanic. State Representative Jan Schakowsky (b.1944), was first elected in 1998 and took 66% in 2014. The GOP nominee is advertisement writer Joan Lasonde.

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Bob Dold. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Dold. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Bob Dold (R)
Committees: Ways and Means, Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeBrad Schneider
Republican nomineeBob Dold

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+8) contains northern suburbs of Chicago and stretches all the way to the Wisconsin border. It is 65% White, 20% latinoer and 10% Asian. Moderate lawyer and businessman Bob Dold (b.1969) won here in 2010, barely lost in 2012, then won again in 2014 with 52%. It is now set for a third match against Democratic businessman Brad Schneider.

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Bill Foster. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Foster. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Bill Foster (D)
Committees: Financial Services, Science.

Democratic nominee: Bill Foster
Republican nomineeTonia Khouri

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+8) contains western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago. It is 60% White, 10% Black and 22% Hispanic. Businessman and physicist Bill Foster (b.1955) defeated an incumbent Republican in this heavily redrawn seat in 2012 and took 53% in 2014. He represented an older version from 2000 until 2011. The GOP nominee is County Commissioner Tonia Khouri.

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Mike Bost. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Bost. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Mike Bost (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Small Business, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeC. J. Baricevic
Republican nomineeMike Bost

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+0) covers southwestern parts of the state, stretching up to the suburbs of St. Louis. It is 80% White and 15% Black. Businessman and State Representative Mike Bost (b.1960) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2014 with 53%. The Dems nominated lawyer C. J. Baricevic.

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Rodney Davis. (Pic: Congress)

Rodney Davis. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: Rodney Davis (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Administration, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeMark Wicklund
Republican nominee: Rodney Davis

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+0) contains southwestern and central parts and was drawn to be the most swingy district in the state. It is 84% White and 9% Black. The incumbent Republican decided not to run again after the primaries were over in 2012 and the GOP nominated Rodney Davis (b.1970), a political scientist and aide to Congressman John Shimkus. Davis won a very close battle in 2012, but took 59% in 2014. The Dems nominated County Commissioner Mark Wicklund.

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Randy Hultgren. (Pic: Congress)

Randy Hultgren. (Pic: Congress)

District 14 R
epresentative
: Randy Hultgren (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Science.

Democratic nomineeJim Walz
Republican nominee: Randy Hult­gren

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+5) covers areas west of Chicago, stretching from south of Joliet up to the Wisconsin border. It is 84% White and 9% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Randy Hultgren (b.1966) was first elected in 2010 and took 66% in 2014. The Dems nominated sales representative Jim Walz.

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John Shimkus. (Pic: Congress)

John Shimkus. (Pic: Congress)

District 15
Representative: John Shimkus (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: John Shimkus

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+14) contains the southeastern and central areas, but at one point stretches as far west as the St. Louis suburbs. It is 93% White. Teacher and County Treasurer John Shimkus (b.1958) was first elected in 1997 and took 75% in 2014.

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Adam Kinzinger. (Pic: Congress)

Adam Kinzinger. (Pic: Congress)

District 16
Representative: Adam Kinzinger (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Adam Kin­zinger

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+4) covers central and northern parts of Illinois, to the west of Chicago. It is 88% White. County Commissioner and veteran Adam Kinzinger (b.1978) was first elected in 2010, but was drawn together with another GOP Congressman in 2012, whom he then defeated in the primary. He took 61% in 2014.

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Cheri Bustos. (Pic: Congress)

Cheri Bustos. (Pic: Congress)

District 17
Representative: Cheri Bustos (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Cheri Bustos
Republican nomineePatrick Harlan

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (D+7) covers the northwestern parts of the state, including parts of Peoria. It is 82% White and 10% Black. Journalist Cheri Bustos (b.1961) won this redrawn seat from an incumbent Republican in 2012 and took 55% in 2014. The GOP nominee is truck driver Patrick Harlan.

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Darin LaHood. (Pic: Congress)

Darin LaHood. (Pic: Congress)

District 18
Representative: Darin LaHood (R)
Committees: Natural Resources, Science

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nominee: Darin LaHood

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The district (R+11) contains central and western areas, including Springfield and parts of Peoria. It is 92% White. Congressman Aaron Schock (b.1981) was first elected in 2008 and took 75% in 2014, but a financial scandal led to his resignation in 2015. Lawyer, State Senator and son of a former Congressman, Darin LaHood took 69% in the special election.

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STATE LEVEL

Bruce Rauner. (Pic: State of IL)

Bruce Rauner. (Pic: State of IL)

Governor: Bruce Rauner (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeBruce Rauner

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Businessman and billionaire Bruce Rauner (b.1957) defeated an unpopular incumbent Democrat in 2014 with 51%. He’ll have a hard time winning re-election in 2018.

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Evelyn Sanguinetti. (Pic: State of IL)

Evelyn Sanguinetti. (Pic: State of IL)

Lieutenant Governor: Evelyn San­gui­netti (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Evelyn San­gui­netti

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the Party’s nominee for Governor and elected on the same ticket. Rauner picked lawyer Evelyn San­gui­netti (b.1970).

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Jesse White. (Pic: State of IL)

Jesse White. (Pic: State of IL)

Secretary of State: Jes­se White (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Teacher and State Representative Jes­se White (b.1934) was first elected in 1998 and took 65% in 2014, is not seeking re-election.

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Mike Frerichs. (Pic: State of IL)

Mike Frerichs. (Pic: State of IL)

Treasurer: Mike Frerichs (D)

Democratic nomineeMike Frerichs
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
County Commissioner and State Senator Mike Frerichs (b.1973) won in 2014 with 48% and a razor thin margin.

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Leslie Munger. (Pic: State of IL)

Leslie Munger. (Pic: State of IL)

Comptroller: Leslie Munger (R)

Democratic nomineeSusana Mendoza
Republican nomineeLeslie Munger

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Judy Baar Topinka (1944-2014) took 50% in 2014, but died from a stroke in December that same year. Governor Rauner appointed businesswoman Leslie Munger (b.1959) to replace her until a special election in 2016. The Dems nominated former State Representative Susana Mendoza.

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Lisa Madigan. (Pic: State of IL)

Lisa Madigan. (Pic: State of IL)

Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (D)

Democratic nominee: Lisa Madigan
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Lisa Madigan (b.1966) was first elected in 2002 and took 59% in 2014. She is the daughter of longtime State House Speaker Mike Madigan.

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State Senate: 59 (39D / 20R). Term: 2 and 4 years. 2/3 elected in 2016.
State House: 118 (71D / 47R). Term 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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