State Primary: March 18, 2014
Illinois Senate Candidates Election Race for US Senate 2014
Election Race for Illinois U.S. Senator:
Dick Durbin (D)
Illinois Candidates for US Congress Republican and Democrat :
History of Illinois. Information that every Illinois Senator Candidate and candidate for Congress Should Know
French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, in 1673, were the first Europeans of record to visit the region. In 1699 French settlers established the first permanent settlement at Cahokia, near present-day East St. Louis. Great Britain obtained the region at the end of the French and Indian Wars in 1763. The area figured prominently in frontier struggles during the Revolutionary War and in Indian wars during the early 19th century.
Significant episodes in the state's early history include the influx of settlers following the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825; the Black Hawk War, which virtually ended the Indian troubles in the area; and the rise of Abraham Lincoln from farm laborer to president.
Today, Illinois stands high in manufacturing, coal mining, agriculture, and oil production. The state's manufactures include food and agricultural products, transportation equipment, chemicals, industrial machinery, and computer equipment. The sprawling Chicago district (including a slice of Indiana) is a great iron and steel producer, meat packer, grain exchange, and railroad center. Chicago is also famous as a Great Lakes port.
Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans, corn, and hogs. Other agricultural commodities include cattle, wheat, oats, sorghum, and hay.
Illinois Senate Candidates in the News
The 2014 United States Senate election in Illinois will take place on November 4, 2014, concurrently with other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.
Incumbent Democratic Senator and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin will run for re-election to a fourth term.
Dick Durbin was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and was re-elected by increasingly larger margins in 2002 and 2008. He has served as Senate Majority Whip since 2007 and is seeking a fourth term in office.
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