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posted: 5/21/2012 5:30 AM

Elaine Nekritz' political timeline

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1995: Ran as a Democrat for state representative in the 57th District; lost to Republican Elizabeth Coulson of Glenview.

1997-2001: Worked as a legislative aide to state Rep. Jeffrey Schoenberg, an Evanston Democrat who now is a state senator.

2002: Ran again in the 57th District, this time beating Republican Mary Childers of Des Plaines.

2004: Sponsored legislation to create the Cook County Stormwater Management Commission.

2005: Helped secure grant for completion of Levee 50 in Des Plaines

2009: Voted "no" on House rules, crossing Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan.

2011: Asked by Madigan to join House leadership.

January 2012: Appointed to chair three major committees: The Derrick Smith investigative committee, the judiciary committee and the pensions committee. Gov. Pat Quinn also named her to his pension working group.

April 2012: Hired communications consultant Ryan Keith, who cites Nekritz' desire to "move to the next level."

November 2012: Nekritz will face Northbrook Republican Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg in a newly shaped district that extends further into the Northwest suburbs and includes portions of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Northbrook, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Glenview and Wheeling.

Sources: Ilga.gov, Elaine Nekritz

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