Conservative Candidates Illinois March 2014

Illinois will elect their conservative candidates in the Illinois Primary March 20, 2014.

16th District
The new map forced two current Republican congressmen into an undesirable face-off in the 16th District, which now covers a large swath curving around Chicago’s outermost suburbs, stretching through north-central Illinois and touching both the Wisconsin and Indiana borders. It includes parts of Rockford, Watseka, La Salle and DeKalb.

Nine-term GOP incumbent Republican Don Manzullo faces a challenge from freshmen Congressman Adam Kinzinger. The new map moved Kinzinger’s Manteno home into Democratic-friendly territory and he decided to run in the 16th because it contained most of his former district. The former Air Force pilot captured a House seat south of Chicago from then-U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson in 2010 with Tea Party support.

2nd District
One of the state’s most heated primary fights is shaping up in the 2nd District, which now stretches further south of Chicago to Kankakee and straddles parts of the Indiana border. Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who was first elected in 1995, faces a challenge by former one-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson. Even though Jackson has won each election in the past 16 years with more than 80 percent of the vote, he has been dogged by troubles — both personal and political — in recent years. Halvorson, a former Mary Kay cosmetics saleswoman who lost her seat in another district in 2010 to Adam Kinzinger, has already made Jackson’s problems a focus of her campaigning.

8th District
Another battle is taking shape in the 8th District, which covers many of Chicago’s northwest suburbs including Schaumburg, Elgin and Bloomingdale. Two establishment Democrats have announced plans to run. Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, the former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration, faces Raja Krishnamoorthi, who narrowly lost the Democratic primary for Illinois Comptroller in 2010 and has been campaigning for the congressional seat since then.

So far, the only Republican candidate who has announced plans to run is Congressman Joe Walsh, well-known nationally for his TV appearances and attacks on Obama. Walsh, who won a nearby district in 2010 after a surprising and close upset over Democrat Melissa Bean, announced he’d run in the 8th after initially considering a move to challenge another first-term Republican, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.

Nine-term GOP incumbent Republican Don Manzullo faces a challenge from freshmen Congressman Adam Kinzinger. The new map moved Kinzinger’s Manteno home into Democratic-friendly territory and he decided to run in the 16th because it contained most of his former district. The former Air Force pilot captured a House seat south of Chicago from then-U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson in 2010 with Tea Party support.

Illinois Candidates for Congress

District 12:
Jason Plummer (R) Conservative Candidate

District 15:
Don Manzullo (R)Conservative Candidate
Manzullo has been endorsed by many conservative groups, among them:
Family-PAC federal
Eagle Forum of Illinois
Illinois Federation for Right to Life PAC
Illinois Citizens for Life federal PAC
Illinois Conservatives (4,000 conservatives across Illinois under 35 years old)
RedState Editor and CNN political commentator Erick Erickson
The Madison Project

Illinois Conservative Candidates for Congress

Complete Listing for Illinois Candidates