Of the 18 U.S. House seats in Illinois, only two incumbents lost. They are U.S. Reps. Bill Enyart (D-Belleville) and Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield).
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Kenilworth) returns to Congress, and State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) – a YouTube sensation – will represent Southern Illinois.
The incumbents in the more closely watched races, U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline), Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), and Bill Foster (D-Naperville), held off their challengers.
“As I spoke to Mr. Bost,” conceded Enyart, “he and I agreed that it would probably be a great thing if he worked, and we all worked, to end this terrible onslaught of money that goes into these campaigns. This congressional campaign will have cost $15 million.” Enyart spoke to supporters for about a minute but did not take reporters' questions.
Accepting the results, Bost told his supporters he is more than the paper-throwing hothead everyone has seen on YouTube. “I have worked in the House and the Senate over the years to negotiate with both sides and work with governors whether they are on the Democrat or Republican side of the aisle,” said Bost. “It’s the same thing when you work with the president,” who served with Bost in Springfield.
Other members of Congress who won:
Reps. Bobby L. Rush (D-Chicago), Robin Kelly (D-Matteson), Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs), Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Chicago), Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago), Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates), Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston), John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), Randall M. Hultgren (R-Winfield), Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and Aaron Schock (R-Peoria).