Some relief for suburban Republicans?

Some relief for suburban Republicans?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 17:49

The narrative about the election in Illinois so far has been about the Democrats' dominance of hotly contested races for both Congress and Statehouse.

But in the suburbs, Republicans can look to 2014 with hope. Because the suburbs are Illinois' version of swing territory, and seats have tended to change hands often between Republicans and Democrats.

It seems every cycle, Democrats are either gaining seats in the suburbs or ceding ground.

For example, Adeline Geo-Karis represented her northeastern Lake County district for 28 years in the Illinois Senate. A female political pioneer and local legend, she gave the area a senior spokeswoman in Springfield for decades.

But since she was defeated in the 2006 primary, the district she once represented hasn't seen a lawmaker represent it for two consecutive terms. And it's switched parties every election.

In 2006, Democrat Michael Bond of Grayslake won the seat for a four-year term. But he was defeated in 2010 by Republican Suzi Schmidt of Lake Villa.

But Schmidt became dogged by a scandal and decided not to run again, and Democrat Melinda Bush won Tuesday, another flip.

Democrat Melissa Bean in 2004 won a seat in Washington from longtime Republican congressman Phil Crane. In 2010, she lost it to Republican Joe Walsh. And on Tuesday, Walsh was beat by Democrat Tammy Duckworth.

So what's clear about 2014, aside from anything else, is that the suburbs are likely to be a battleground once again.

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