Dozens of contenders for Illinois' 18 newly drawn congressional districts filed candidacy paperwork on opening day Friday, setting the stage for potentially contentious contests in the March 20 primary.
The first-day filers included 12-year Republican Rep.
, who found her
home mapped in with Democratic Rep.
. Biggert opted to run in the new open-seat 11th District, which includes Aurora and parts of Naperville. She faces a primary against Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham. Also filing was Diane Harris, a notary public from Joliet.
On the Democratic side of the new 11th District, one-term former Democratic Rep.
of Naperville is seeking a return to Congress after losing his re-election bid last year to Republican
. Foster is being challenged by Juan Thomas of Sugar Grove, a former Aurora Township clerk, and Jim Hickey of Orland Park, president of the Orland Fire Protection District.
In the Democratic-leaning north suburban 10th District, freshman Rep.
of Kenilworth was the lone Republican to file. Four
filed, including political activist Ilya Sheyman of Waukegan, businessmen Brad Schneider of Deerfield, Air Forces Reserves Col. John Tree of Long Grove and Mundelein attorney Vivek Bavda.
Chicago congressional districts were stretched out to the suburbs to make up for Chicago’s population decline. As expected, former one-term Rep.
filed a Democratic challenge to 16-year Rep.
in the new 2nd Congressional District.
In the new 1st District, Democratic Rep.
is in a four-way primary against Fred Smith of
and Chicagoans Jordan Sims and Clifford Russell Jr.
Mayor Donald Peloquin filed for the 1st District Republican nomination as did Frederick Collins, a Chicago police officer who made a failed bid for Cook County sheriff last year.
The Democratic-drawn map did produce one Republican incumbent versus incumbent matchup, in the northwest and north central Illinois 16th District. Rep.
, an 18-year lawmaker from Leaf River, is facing off against freshman