Illinois legislative races set up fall showdowns


Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Key primary contests for seats in the Illinois General Assembly:

— 9th House: Arthur Turner, son of the incumbent who vacated the seat to run for lieutenant governor, won the Chicago seat easily.

— 10th House: Five-term Democratic Rep. Annazette Collins of Chicago was leading with 89 percent of precincts reporting against five challengers.

— 11th House: Attorney Ann Williams was leading for the Democratic nomination, with 93 percent of precincts reporting, for the Chicago seat held by John Fritchey, who won a set on the Cook County Board.

— 18th House: With 95 percent of precincts reporting, 400 votes separated the top three contenders for the Democratic nomination for the seat of 11-year veteran Rep. Julie Hamos of Evanston, who ran for Congress.

— 21st House: Democrat Michael Zalewski, son of a Chicago alderman who was appointed to the seat in 2008 and won election later that year, won the nomination for a second term easily.

— 23rd House: Ten-term Democratic Rep. Daniel Burke held a lead of fewer than 200 votes with 97 percent of precincts reporting over community activist Rudy Lozano Jr.

— 56th House: Lawyer Ryan Higgins was easily beating Schaumburg library official Anita Forte-Scott with 87 percent of precincts reporting in the race for the GOP nomination for this seat in Chicago's northwest suburbs to replace Rep. Paul Froelich, a Republican-turned-Democrat who did not run.

— 68th House: Rep. Dave Winters, R-Shirland, who announced he would run for lieutenant governor but changed his mind, easily beat Rockford police officer John Cabello.

— 114th House: Appointed Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson of East St. Louis was easily beating former East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer for the Democratic nomination for the seat formerly held by the late Rep. Wyvetter Younge.

— 10th Senate: Chicago Democrat John Mulroe was easily beating four opponents in the Democratic race to replace Sen. James DeLeo, D-Chicago, leaving after a 25-year legislative career.

— 40th Senate: Businessman Adam Baumgartner was easily beating farmer Judy Ogalia, both of Monee, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, for the right face off against appointed Democratic Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields.

— 51st Senate: Tim Dudley, president of the Richland Community College board, was soaring to victory in the Democratic race against Illinois State Fair manager Amy Bliefnick of Decatur, with 95 percent of precincts reporting.