Only One Area Congressional Incumbent Faces A Direct Primary Challenge
While most U.S. House incumbents representing northern Illinois have gotten a pass for the March Illinois primary election, all of them will face challenges from the opposing party in the general election next November.
Of the seven congressional incumbents from northern Illinois, Democrats Raja Krishnamoorthi, Bill Foster and Cheri Bustos and Republicans Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren and Darrin LaHood automatically will advance to the November general election ballot.
Only Republican Adam Kinzinger, of the 16th Congressional District, faces a challenge within his own party. James T. Marter of Oswego and Jaye DeBates of Granville both have stated they believe Kinzinger is not conservative enough and they want to replace him. Two people have filed objections to DeBates’s candidacy.
In District 16, providing Kinzinger survives his primary challenge, the incumbent will face one of these four Democrats: Amy “Murri” Briel, Sara Dady, Neill Mohammad, and Beth Vercolio-Osmond. Objections have been filed to the candidacies of Mohammad and Vercolio-Osmond.
The two Republicans who have filed to take on Krishnamoorthi in District 8 are Jitendra "JD" Diganvker and Vandana Jhingan. Objections have been filed to Jhingan’s candidacy.
The state Board of Elections will determine whether objections filed against primary candidates are valid. Final primary ballot certification is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11.