Several lawmakers and potential challengers turn in their petitions to get on the 2018 election ballot. 

All incumbent Republicans representing central Illinois have submitted their petitions. Each representative could have at least one challenger come Election Day.

In the 13th Congressional District, where Republican Rodney Davis is the incumbent, three Democrats that could face off in the primary. Those include Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Erik Jones and Jon Ebel.

In the 16th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Adam Kinzinger does not have a primary opponent; however, two Democrats, Sara Dady and Neill Mohammad, will face off in the March 2018.

For the 17th Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Cheri Bustos has not filed her petitions, according to the state Board of Elections, as of 7 p.m. Monday. There are two Republicans, Mark Kleine and William Fawell, who will likely face off in the primary.

In the 18th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Darin LaHood filed his petitions earlier Monday morning. He appears to have a challenger in Donald Rients. So far, Brian Deters is the lone Democrat to have filed petitions, as of Monday. 

State Senators Jason Barickman, Bill Brady, Dave Koehler and Chuck Weaver have all submitted their petitions.

Two local state Representatives will have a candidate running against them in the primary.

Republican Dan Brady will face off against Democrat David Paul Blumenshine, of Normal, while Republican Keith Sommer will face off against Democrat Jill Blair of Bloomington.

State Representatives Thomas Bennett, Tim Butler, Jehan Gordon-Booth, Ryan Spain, and Mike Unes currently do not have an opponent.

Other races happening inside the state include the primary race for Governor of Illinois.

Republican Bruce Rauner faces off against three Democrat candidates. JB Pritzker, Daniel Biss, and Chris Kennedy have all filed for the election. 

Democrat Jesse White is the incumbent Secretary of State.

And candidates running for Illinois Attorney General feature five Democrats and one Republican. The Democrat candidates are State Sen. Kwame Raoul, Mayor Nancy Rotering, Renato Mariotti, State Rep. Scot Drury and former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Lawyer and former Miss America Erika Harold is the lone Republican running for Illinois Attorney General.


On Tuesday, November 28, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos filed her petition for the 2018 ballot.