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Article updated: 3/21/2012 1:12 AM

Schakowsky cruises past Ribeiro in 9th Cong. Dem primary

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Incumbent Congressman Jan Schakowsky cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary for her 9th Congressional District seat, winning more than 90 percent of the vote from her challenger.

Unofficial vote totals from the district's 560 precincts in Chicago and suburban Cook County show Schakowsky garnered 47,598 votes to challenger Simon Ribeiro's 4,183 votes.

Schakowsky, 67, an Evanston Democrat and staunch liberal who has represented the 9th District for 14 years, has been a strong proponent of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. She favors immigration reform and offering illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. She also supports using more federal money to grow public sector jobs.

Ribeiro, 30, a Catholic high school teacher also from Evanston, previously ran as a Green Party candidate against Schakowsky in 2010.

Schakowsky will face Arlington Heights Republican Timothy Wolfe, who was uncontested in Tuesday's Republican primary, in the November general election.

The newly drawn 9th District includes parts of Des Plaines, Niles, Park Ridge, Glenview, Rosemont, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows and Arlington Heights.

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