United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2008


United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2008

The 2008 congressional elections in Illinois will be held on November 4, 2008 to determine who will represent the state of Illinois in the United States House of Representatives. Illinois has nineteen seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 3, 2009 until January 3, 2011. The election coincides with the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

The General Primary Election was held February 5, 2008. The last day to register to vote in it was January 8, 2008. Grace Period Registration and Voting ran from January 9, 2008 through January 22, 2008. Early Voting ran from January 14, 2008 through January 31, 2008.

The General Election will be held November 4, 2008. The last day to register to vote in it is October 7, 2008. Grace Period Registration and Voting runs from October 8, 2008 through October 21, 2008. Early Voting runs from October 14, 2008 through October 30, 2008. [ [http://www.elections.state.il.us/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/08ElecSchedule.pdf 2008 Election Schedule and Registration Deadlines] "Illinois State Board of Elections"]

The races not forecasted as safe for the incumbent party are districts 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 18.

Match-up summary

District 1

This district includes part of Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Bobby Rush since January 1993. The Republican challenger is Antoine Members ( [http://www.antoinemembers.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-01 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387957 Illinois District 1 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL01&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 2

This district includes parts of Cook and Will counties, and has been represented by Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr. ( [http://www.jessejacksonjr.org/ campaign website] since December 1995. The Republican challenger is Anthony Williams ( [http://www.voteanthonywwilliams.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-02 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387958 Illinois District 2 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL02&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 3

This district includes part of Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Dan Lipinski ( [http://danlipinskiforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) since January 2005. The Republican challenger is Michael Hawkins ( [http://www.michaelhawkins.org/ campaign website] ), and the Green Party challenger is Jerome Pohlen ( [http://www.peopleforpohlen.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-03 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=372486 Illinois District 3 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL03&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 4

This district includes part of Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Luis Gutierrez since January 1993. The Republican challenger is Daniel Cunninghan, and the Green challenger is Omar López. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Gutierrez announced he will seek re-election in 2008. [ [http://news.yahoo.com/s/cq/20070816/pl_cq_politics/repgutierrezscrapsplanstoretirewillrunin2008_1 Rep. Gutierrez scraps plans to retire, will run in 2008] "Yahoo News"] Earlier in 2007, Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, Ald. Manny Flores (1st Ward), Ricardo Munoz (22nd Ward), and George Cardenas had announced their intentions to run for the seat in 2008 as Gutierrez had been saying he planned to retire.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-04 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=382759 Illinois District 4 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL04&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 5

This district includes part of Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Rahm Emanuel since January 2003. He is being challenged by Republican Tom Hanson ( [http://tomhansonforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) and Green Party candidate Alan Augustson ( [http://augustson2008.us/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-05 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=376461 Illinois District 5 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL05&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 6

This district includes parts of DuPage and Cook counties, and has been represented by Republican Peter Roskam ( [http://www.roskamforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) since January 2007. His Democratic challenger is Jill Morgenthaler ( [http://www.jillmorgenthaler.com/ campaign website] ), an Iraq War veteran. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Republican Favored'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-06 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=338046 Illinois District 6 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL06&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/polls/il/08-il-06-ge-rvm.php Roskam (R-i) vs Morgenthaler (D)] graph of collected poll results from "Pollster.com"

District 7

This district lies entirely within Cook County, and has been represented by Democrat Danny K. Davis ( [http://davisforcongress.us/ campaign website] ) since January 1997. His Republican challenger is Steve Miller ( [http://www.millerforcongress2008.com/ campaign website] ), a US Navy and Operation Provide Comfort (1991) veteran. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-07 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387959 Illinois District 7 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL07&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 8

This district includes parts of Lake, McHenry and Cook counties, and has been represented by Democrat Melissa Bean ( [http://www.melissabean.com/ campaign website] ) since January 2005. Her Republican challenger is Steve Greenberg ( [http://www.greenbergforcongress.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Democrat Favored'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-08 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=338045 Illinois District 8 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL08&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 9

This district includes all of Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Norridge, parts of Wilmette, Northfield, Glenview, Golf, Rosemont and Des Plaines, and much of the North Side of Chicago. It has been represented by Democrat Jan Schakowsky ( [http://www.janschakowsky.org/ campaign website] ) since January 1999. The challengers are Republican Michael B. Younan ( [http://www.michael2008.com/ campaign website] ) and Green Party Morris Shanfield. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-09 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387960 Illinois District 9 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL09&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 10

This district includes parts of Lake and Cook counties, and has been represented by Republican Mark Kirk ( [http://www.kirkforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) since January 2001. The Democratic challenger is Dan Seals ( [http://www.dansealsforcongress.com/ campaign website] ), who also ran against Kirk in the 2006 election. Independent candidate Allan Stevo ( [http://www.StevoForCongress.com/ campaign website] ) alleges both Kirk and Seals support numerous unconstitutional policies. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Republican'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-10 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=340312 Illinois District 10 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL10&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/polls/il/08-il-10-ge-kvs.php Kirk (R-i) vs Seals (D)] graph of collected poll results from "Pollster.com"

District 11

This district includes the towns of Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle, Ottawa and Streator, and all or parts of Will, Kankakee, Grundy, LaSalle, Bureau, Woodford and McLean counties. An open seat, it's being contested by Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson ( [http://www.debbiehalvorson.com/ campaign website] ), Green Party newcomer Jason Wallace ( [http://www.electwallace.us/ campaign website] ), and Republican local businessman Marty Ozinga ( [http://www.martyozinga.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Democrat Favored'.

It has been represented by Republican Jerry Weller since January 1995, who announced he will not be seeking re-election. Tim Baldermann, who is both New Lenox Mayor and Chicago Ridge Police Chief, won the GOP nomination but withdrew on February 23rd. [ [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-11thcongdropout_23feb23,0,270286.story Parliament - chicagotribune.com ] ] Martin Ozinga was then chosen to replace Baldermann. [ [http://www.southtownstar.com/news/925424,050108ozingafolo.article Ozinga paints himself as God-fearing conservative] Lafferty, Susan DeMar "Southtown Star" May 1, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2008] .
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-11 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=340313 Illinois District 11 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL11&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/polls/il/08-il-11-ge-ovh.php Ozinga (R) vs Halvorson (D)] graph of collected poll results from "Pollster.com"

District 12

This district is in the southwest part of the state and includes the cities of Alton, Carbondale and East St. Louis. It has been represented by Democrat Jerry Costello ( [http://www.costelloforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) since August 1988. Republican Tim Richardson ( [http://www.peopleforrichardson.com/ campaign website] ) and Chairman of the Metro East Green Party Rodger Jennings ( [http://www.rodgerjennings.net/ campaign website] ) are challengers. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-12 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387961 Illinois District 12 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL12&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 13

This district includes parts of the Cook, DuPage and Will counties, and has been represented by Republican Judy Biggert ( [http://www.biggert.com/ campaign website] ) since January 1999. Challengers are Scott Harper ( [http://www.scottharperforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) for the Democratic Party, and Steve Alesch ( [http://www.votesteve.org/ campaign website] ) for the Green Party. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Republican Favored'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-13 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=347076 Illinois District 13 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL13&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/polls/il/08-il-13-ge-bvh.php Biggert (R-i) vs Harper (D)] graph of poll results from "Pollster.com"

District 14

This district includes the cities of Aurora, Elgin, DeKalb and Dixon, and parts of Henry, Whiteside, Lee, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, and DuPage counties. It has been represented by Democrat Bill Foster ( [http://www.foster08.com/ campaign website] ) since March, 2008. The Republican challenger is Jim Oberweis ( [http://www.jimoberweis.com/ campaign website] ), who lost to Foster in the special election. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Democratic'.

The district was previously represented by former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert from 1987 to 2007. He resigned in November 2007, and Bill Foster won the special election held on March 8, 2008.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-14 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=343142 Illinois District 14 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL14&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 15

This district includes the cities of Charleston, Urbana, Danville and Champaign, and all or parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, McLean, DeWitt, Champaign, Vermillion, Macon, Piatt, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Crawford, Lawrence, Wabash, Edwards, White, Saline and Gallatin counties. It has been represented by Republican Timothy V. Johnson ( [http://www.timjohnsonforcongress.com/ campaign website] ) since January 2001. The Democratic challenger is Steve Cox ( [http://www.stevecoxforcongress.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Republican'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-15 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=343143 Illinois District 15 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL15&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 16

This district includes the cities of Rockford, Crystal Lake, Machesney Park, Belvidere, Freeport and Galena, and all or parts of Jo Daviess,Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Carroll, Ogle, DeKalb and Whiteside counties. It has been represented by Republican Donald A. Manzullo ( [http://www.manzullo.org/ campaign website] ) since 1993. In 2008, Manzullo will be challenged by Democrat Robert G. Abboud ( [http://www.robertabboud.com/ campaign website] ) as well as Green Party candidate Scott K. Summers ( [http://www.summersforcongress.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Republican'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-16 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=380773 Illinois District 16 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL16&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 17

This district includes the cities of Sterling, Rock Island, Moline, Kewanee, Galesburg, Canton, Macomb, Quincy, Springfield and Decatur, and includes all or parts of Henry, Whiteside, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Warren, Henderson, Fulton, McDonough, Hancock, Adams, Pike, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Christian, Sangamon, Macon, Shelby, and Fayette counties. It has been represented by Democrat Phil Hare ( [http://www.friendsofphilhare.com/ campaign website] ) since January 2007. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-17 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=355252 Illinois District 17 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL17&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 18

This district in the central and western part of the state includes the cities of Jacksonville, Peoria and Springfield, and has been represented by Republican Ray LaHood since 1995. As LaHood is retiring, the Republican nominee is Aaron Schock ( [http://aaronschock.com/ campaign website] ) and the Democratic nominee is Colleen Callahan ( [http://www.colleencallahanforcongress.com/ campaign website] ). CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Republican Favored'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-18 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=370634 Illinois District 18 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL18&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

District 19

This district in the central part of Southern Illinois includes part of Springfield and the outer St. Louis suburbs. It has been represented by Republican John Shimkus ( [http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/ campaign website] ) since 1997. Challengers are Daniel Davis ( [http://www.runwithgiants.com/ campaign website] ) for the Democratic Party, and Troy Dennis ( [http://www.troydennis2008.com/ campaign website] ) for the Green Party. CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Republican'.
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=district-IL-19 Race ranking and details] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=387629 Illinois District 19 race] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=IL19&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org

ee also

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008

References

External links

* [http://www.elections.state.il.us/ Illinois State Board of Elections]
*dmoz|Regional/North_America/United_States/Illinois/Society_and_Culture/Politics/Candidates_and_Campaigns/US_House
* [http://www.votesmart.org/election_congress_state.php?state_id=IL&go33.x=9&go33.y=11 U.S. Congress candidates for Illinois] at Project Vote Smart
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/election.php?state=IL Campaign contributions for Illinois congressional races] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.2008racetracker.com/page/Illinois Illinois U.S. House of Representatives race] from "2008 Race Tracker"

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