The congressional primaries across the state are shaping up. Highlights include the incumbent-vs.-incumbent battle in the Republican primary in the 16th District, with first-term U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno) going against 10-term Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Leaf River). Republicans also have a four-way primary in the 12thDistrict in Southern Illinois for a candidate to contest an open seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville), who is not seeking re-election.
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Costello has anointed Brad Harriman of O’Fallon as his preferred candidate in the three-way primary for the Democratic nomination. Other interesting Democratic primaries include U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago) vs. ex-Rep. Debbie Halvorson of Crete in the Second District, and Raja Krishnamoorthi vs. Tammy Duckworth in the Eighth District, in the suburbs northwest of Chicago. Krishnamoorthi lost the Democratic primary for comptroller last year. Duckworth lost a race for Congress in 2006, and has since been Illinois’ director of veterans’ affairs and a VA official in Washington. The winner goes against U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-McHenry). Primary Election Day in March 20.
(Illinois Radio Network)
ILLINOIS CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARIES
Incumbents in bold. (Residence in parenthesis)
If no race is indicated, it means that party has either one candidate or no candidate, and is not having a contested primary.
Bobby L. Rush (Chicago), Clifford M. Russell Jr. (Chicago), Jordan Sims (Chicago), Fred Smith (Evergreen Park), Raymond M. Lodato (Chicago), Harold Bailey (Chicago)
Frederick Collins (Chicago), Donald E. Peloquin (Blue Island), Jimmy Lee Tillman II (Chicago)
Jesse Jackson Jr. (Chicago), Debbie Halvorson (Crete)
James H. Taylor Sr. (Bradley), Brian Woodworth (Bourbonnais)
Daniel W. Lipinski (Western Springs), Farah Baqai (Chicago)
Arthur J. Jones (Lyons), Richard L. Grabowski (Hometown), Jim Falvey (Western Springs)
Luis V. Gutierrez (Chicago), *-Jorge Zavala (Chicago)