Illinois Republicans Make Some Gains In State House, Senate
After pouring tens of millions of dollars from his own pocket into the Republican campaigns of state House and Senate candidates, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will spend the next two years of his administration working with a legislature that’s still dominated by Democrats. Democrats were able to keep even on the fundraising side of things, relying heavily on cash from labor unions and attorneys. Republicans made a net gain of four seats in the Illinois House. The GOP also gained at least two state Senate seats, with one race too close to call Wednesday morning.
The seats Republicans picked up from Democratic control are:
Steven Reick defeated John Bartman in an open House seat in McHenry County (District 63). Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jack Franks did not seek reelection.
Rep. Kate Cloonen lost to Lindsay Parkhurst in a seat that encompasses Kankakee (District 79).
Rep. Andy Skoog lost to Jerry Lee Long in a seat that covers Ottawa and Peru (District 76).
Rep. John Bradley lost to Dave Severin in a seat that includes Marion (District 117). Bradley is in Democratic leadership in the House.
Sen. Gary Forby lost tocin a seat that covers parts of Southern Illinois, including Marion (District 59).
Jil Tracy was unopposed in a seat that had been controlled by Democratic Sen. John Sullivan (District 47).
Rep. Dwight Kay lost to Katie Stuart in a seat located across the border from St. Louis (District 112).