2018 Illinois House of Representatives election

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Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2018

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All 118 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives
60 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Michael Madigan Cropped.png
Leader Mike Madigan Jim Durkin
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat 22nd-Chicago 82nd-Westchester
Last election 67 51

Illinois state house districts 2011-2021.png

Speaker before election

Mike Madigan

Elected Speaker


The 2018 elections for the Illinois House of Representatives will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Elections will be held to elect representatives from all 118 districts. The winners of this election will serve in the 101st General Assembly, with seats apportioned among the states based on the 2010 United States Census. The Democratic Party has held a House majority since 1997, although they experienced a net loss of four seats in the 2016 elections.

The elections for Illinois's 18 congressional districts, Governor, statewide constitutional officers, and some seats in the State Senate will also be held on this date.


The Illinois House of Representatives has seen an unusually large number of legislators choose to retire.

Democratic retirements

Republican retirements

  • 47th district: Patti Bellock: On August 1, 2017, Deputy Republican Leader Bellock announced her intention to retire at the end of her term.[14]
  • 49th district: Mike Fortner: Fortner announced August 7, 2017 he would not seek reelection.[15]
  • 53rd district: David Harris: On October 4, 2017, Harris announced his retirement from the Illinois House citing frustration from the Illinois Budget Impasse. Harris was one of the Republicans who crossed party lines to vote to end the Illinois Budget Impasse which included an income tax increase.[16]
  • 64th district: Barbara Wheeler: Wheeler will not run for reelection in 2018.[17]
  • 65th district: Steven Andersson: On August 16, 2017, Andersson announced he would not seek reelection to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018 during an appearance on Chicago Tonight. Andersson was one of the Republicans who voted to end the Illinois budget impasse which included an income tax increase.[18]
  • 70th district: Bob Pritchard: The 72 year old legislator announced he would retire at the end of the 100th General Assembly. Pritchard was one of the Republicans who voted to end the Illinois budget impasse which included an income tax increase.[19]
  • 89th district: Brian W. Stewart: Stewart is vacating his seat to run for the senate seat being vacated by Tim Bivins.[20]
  • 99th district: Sara Wojcicki Jimenez: Wojcicki Jimenez announced she would not seek reelection in 2018.[21]
  • 101st district: Bill Mitchell: The Assistant Republican Leader, announced his retirement from the Illinois House on Thursday August 3, 2017.[22]
  • 104th district: Chad Hays: On July 7, 2017, Hays announced his retirement from the Illinois House citing the budget impasse.[23]
  • 107th district: John Cavaletto: On September 18, 2017, Cavaletto announced he would not be seeking reelection in 2018.[24]
  • 110th district: Reggie Phillips: On September 22, 2017, Phillips announced he would not run for a third term.[25]

Elections by district

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100District 101District 102District 103District 104District 105District 106District 107District 108District 109District 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118

District 20

The 20th district includes all or parts of the Chicago neighborhoods of Edison Park, Norwood Park, and O'Hare, along with all or parts the neighboring suburbs of Des Plaines, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Niles, Norridge, Park Ridge, Rosemont, and Schiller Park.[26] According to a 2017 analysis by Ballotpedia, the 20th is the most Democratic district represented by a Republican in the Illinois House.[27] The district is represented by Assistant Republican Leader Michael McAuliffe; the sole House Republican from Chicago. He has represented the district since his July 1996 appointment.

In 2016, incumbent Republican Michael McAuliffe, defeated Democratic businesswoman and anti-O'Hare noise activist Merry Marwig by 5,597 votes in one of the state's most expensive House races that cycle.[28][29] On September 12, 2017, Marwig announced she is seeking a rematch. McAuliffe is also expected to run for reelection.[30]

District 79

Republican Lindsay Parkhurst was first elected to represent the 79th district in 2016, defeating Democrat Kate Cloonen. The 79th district includes all or parts of Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Essex, Hopkins Park, Peotone, Herscher and Braceville.[31] Cloonen's predecessor, Democrat Lisa Dugan, who represented the 79th district from 2003-2013 has announced she will run for the seat. The race, dubbed a "battle royale" by political observers, is expected to cost in the millions of dollars.[32]

District 82

The 82nd district includes all or parts of Lemont, Indian Head Park, LaGrange, Western Springs, Homer Glen, Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and Bolingbrook.[33] The district has been represented by Republican Leader Jim Durkin since his January 2006 appointment. He previous served in the Illinois House from January 1995 to January 2003. In 2016, Minority Leader Jim Durkin ran unopposed.[28]

Durkin is being challenged by Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub. Straub is being backed by radio host and political operative Dan Proft. While Michael Madigan was challenged by Jason Gonzalez in 2016, it is rare that one of the "four tops" is challenged, let alone in a primary election.[34] On October 26, 2017, Durkin was endorsed by a number of Republican mayors from DuPage County.[35]

Darien Alderman Tom Chlystek has filed to run for the Democratic nomination.[36][37]

Republican Primary Endorsements

Jim Durkin

District 109

The 109th district, located in the Illinois Wabash Valley, includes all of Edwards, Jasper, Richland, Wabash, Wayne,and White counties and parts of Effingham and Lawrence counties.[38] It has been represented by Republican incumbent David Reis since 2005. Reis was challenged by farmer and North Clay Board of Education member Darren Bailey.[39] In a rare victory for candidates supported by Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC,[40][41] Darren Bailey defeated David Reis in the 2018 Republican primary.[42] Bailey then defeated Democratic candidate Cynthia Given, the Secretary of the Richland County Democratic Party, in the staunchly Republican district.[43]


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