More senators and congressional candidates file petitions on final day

The final day of petition filings by candidates for the June 28 primary election has drawn stragglers hoping to win seats in the U.S. Senate and Congress.

Chicagoan Jimmy Lee Tillman II delivered nomination petitions for the Republican nomination to the US Senate seat now held by Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.

Tillman, the son of the former Chicago Ald. Dorothy Tillman, unsuccessfully ran for the 1st Congressional District seat in 2014.

Dolton Republican Anthony W. Williams has also filed for the Senate seat.

The other Republican candidates for the position are Peggy Hubbard of Belleville, Casey Chlebek of Lake Forest, Maryann Mahlen of Orland Park and Bobby Piton of Geneva. Hubbard and Chlebek also ran for the GOP nomination in 2020.

As for congressional contests, Chicagoan Charles M. Hughes on Monday filed paperwork to run in the Democratic primary for the largely suburban 6th Congressional District seat now held by Democrat Sean Casten of Downers Grove. US Representative Marie Newman, who now represents the 3rd District, is also a candidate for the Democratic primary in the 6th District.

Hughes unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District in 2020.

The Republican candidates for the 6th are Rob Cruz of Oak Lawn, Mayor of Orland Park Keith Pekau, Mayor of Burr Ridge Gary Grasso, Niki Conforti of Glen Ellyn, Scott Kaspar of Orland Park and Catherine A. O’Shea of ‘Oak Lawn. Cruz filed on Monday as well.


In the 11th District – serving parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, DeKalb and Boone counties – Woodstock resident Catalina Lauf joined Republican candidates trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Foster from Naperville. Lauf ran for the 14th district seat in 2020.

The other Republican candidates for the 11th are Jerry Evans from Warrenville and Andrea Heeg from the Geneva area. Foster is the only Democratic candidate.

Additionally, Chicagoan Rami Blan filed Monday to challenge incumbent Mike Quigley of Chicago in the Democratic primary or the 5th congressional seat.

Republicans Tom Hanson of Chicago and Malgorzata McGonigal of North Barrington also filed in the 5th, which encompasses parts of Cook and Lake counties.

In the 9th District, which includes parts of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties, Northbrook Republican Maxwell “Max” Rice on Monday filed paperwork for a primary showdown with John Elleson of Arlington Heights. Both sought the seat in 2018. Evanston’s incumbent Jan Schakowsky is the only Democratic nominee.

Republican Justin Burau of Winfield, Democratic State Representative Delia Ramirez of Chicago and Democratic Chicago Alderman Gilbert “Gil” Villegas are running for the 3rd open seat, which will serve parts of Cook and DuPage counties.

In the 8th District, incumbent Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg will face a primary challenge from Junaid Ahmed of South Barrington. Republicans Peter Kopsaftis of South Barrington, Chad Koppie of Gilberts, Phillip Owen Wood of Carol Stream and Karen Kolodziej of Itasca also filed.

Mohammed Faheem of Plainfield announced he would run as an independent in the 8th, rather than a Democrat as planned.

In the 10th District, which includes other parts of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties, Democratic U.S. Representative Brad Schneider of Deerfield faces a challenge from Republican Joe Severino of Lake Forest.

In the 14th District — encompassing parts of Kane, Will, DeKalb, Kendall, LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam counties — incumbent Lauren Underwood of Naperville is the only Democratic candidate.

The 14th Republican hopefuls are Mike Koolidge of Rochelle, Scott Gryder of Oswego, James Marter of Oswego and Jaime Milton of Fox River Grove.

Petitions from Senate and Congressional candidates must be filed at the Illinois State Board of Elections office in Springfield by 5 p.m. today.

The next hurdle for candidates is surviving any objections to nomination petitions. The deadline for filing objections is March 21.

The general election is November 8.

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