Two more contested Illinois House primaries appear as filing period closes

Seventeen additional 2024 general election races for suburban seats in the Illinois House and Senate have materialized in the week since the first day of filing Nov. 27, but only two new primary contests have emerged.

The filing period closed Monday evening, beginning a weeklong period in which objections to nominating petitions can be submitted.

Republicans Hannah Billingsley of West Chicago and Aris Garcia of Streamwood will face off March 19 for the chance to take on Democratic incumbent state Rep. Maura Hirschauer of Batavia in the 49th House District on Nov. 5, 2024.

And Geneva Public Library Trustee Arad Boxenbaum will challenge incumbent state Rep. Matt Hanson of Montgomery for the Democratic nomination for the 83rd District Illinois House seat.

"Through thousands of conversations with neighbors, I have learned so much about issues impacting our community and areas where improvements need to be made," Boxenbaum said in a statement announcing his candidacy. "I am running to bring active, engaged leadership as a full-time legislator, and I have the experience to do so,"

Five contested general election races for suburban Senate districts emerged after the first day of filing, but none since. A dozen new contested general election races for suburban House districts have appeared since last Tuesday morning.

Below is a list of filed candidates. Incumbents are identified with an asterisk, and italics denote a candidate who's filed since the first day on Nov. 27.

Illinois Senate

4th: Kimberly A. Lightford, D, Westchester*; Robert Sumrell Jr., R, Bellwood

10th: Jon Luers, R, Chicago

10th: Robert Martwick, D, Chicago*

22nd: Cristina Castro, D, Elgin*

25th: Heather Brown, R, West Chicago; Karina Villa, D, West Chicago*

28th: Laura M. Murphy, D, Des Plaines*

31st: Mary Edly-Allen, D, Libertyville*

43rd: Jennifer "Jen" Monson, R, Shorewood; Rachel Ventura, D, Joliet*

49th: Katie Deane-Schlottman, R, Joliet; Meg Loughran Cappel, D, Shorewood*

Illinois House of Representatives

7th: Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D, Hillside*

17th: Jim Geldermann, R, Northbrook; Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D, Glenview*

20th: Brad Stephens, R, Rosemont*

41st: Janet Yang Rohr, D, Naperville.*

42nd: Terra Costa Howard, D, Glen Ellyn*

43rd: Anna Moeller, D, Elgin*; Donald P. Puckett, R, Elgin

44th: Fred Crespo, D, Hoffman Estates*

45th: Martha "Marti" Deuter, D, Elmhurst; Dennis M. Reboletti, R, Elmhurst

46th: Diane Blair-Sherlock, D, Villa Park*; Robert "Rusty" Stevens, R, Villa Park

47th: Amy L. Grant, R, Wheaton*; Jackie Williamson, D, Wheaton

48th: Jennifer Sanalitro, R, Hanover Park*; Maria C. Vesey, D, Roselle

49th: Hannah Billingsley, R, West Chicago; Aris Garcia, R, Streamwood; Maura Hirschauer, D, Batavia*

50th: Barbara Hernandez, D, Aurora

51st: Nabeela Syed, D, Palatine*; Tosi Ufodike, R, Hawthorn Woods

52nd: Martin McLaughlin, R, Barrington Hills*; Maria Peterson, D, North Barrington

53rd: Mark L. Walker, D, Arlington Heights*

54th: Mary Beth Canty, D, Arlington Heights*; Michele Hunter, R, Arlington Heights

55th: Martin J. Moylan, D, Des Plaines*

56th: Michelle Mussman, D, Schaumburg*

57th: Tracy Katz Muhl, D, Northbrook; Carl Lambrecht, R, Highland Park

58th: Brian (B.J.) McCaslin, D, Highland Park; Bob Morgan, D, Deerfield*

59th: Daniel Didech, D, Buffalo Grove*; Chris Henning, R, Mundelein

60th: Rita Mayfield, D, Gurnee

61st: Joyce Mason, D, Gurnee*; James Creighton Mitchell Jr., R, Lindenhurst

62nd: Laura Faver Dias, D, Grayslake

63rd: Mary Mahady, D, McHenry; Steven Reick, R, Woodstock*

64th: Tom Weber, R. Lake Villa*

65th: Dan Ugaste, R, Geneva*

66th: Suzanne Ness, D, Crystal Lake*; Laurie Parman, R, Sleepy Hollow

69th: Peter Janko, D, Marengo; Joe Sosnowski, R, Rockford*

70th: Jeff Keicher, R, Sycamore*; Randi Olson, D, Cortland

77th: Anthony Airdo, R, Melrose Park; Norma Hernandez, D, Melrose Park.*

81st: Aaron Porter, R, Naperville; Anne Stava-Murray, D, Naperville*

82nd: Suzanne Akhras, D, Burr Ridge; Nicole La Ha, R, Homer Glen

83rd: Arad Boxenbaum, D, Geneva; Matt Hanson, D, Montgomery*

84th: Stephanie A. Kifowit, D, Oswego*

85th: Dagmara "Dee" Avelar, D, Romeoville*; Chris Metcalfe, R, Bolingbrook

97th: Harry Benton, D, Plainfield*; Gabby Shanahan, R, Joliet

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