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Filing Filing Deadline (Major Parties): December 4, 2017
Filing Deadline (Third Parties): June , 2018
Filing Deadline (Write-In Candidates): September , 2018
Primary: March 20, 2018
Bold = Active Candidate
Italics = Potential Candidate
* = Incumbent
= Winner
(Incumbent Party Listed First)

This page was last updated on February 1, 2018


(Note: Governor & Lt. Governor candidates run together on tickets in the election.)

Bruce Rauner (R)* - (Campaign Site)
& Evelyn Sanguinetti (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Jeanne Ives (R) - State Rep., Ex-Wheaton City Councilwoman, Bookkeeper & Army Veteran
& Rich Morthland (R) - Ex-State Rep., Farmer & College Professor

Daniel Biss (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Mathematician & Ex-College Professor
& Litesa Wallace (D) - State Rep. & Psychologist

Bob Daiber (D) - Madison County Superintendent of Schools & Teacher
& Jonathan Todd (D) - Community Organizer & Democratic Activist

Tio Hardiman (D) - Community Organizer, Progressive Activist & '14 Candidate
& Patricia Avery (D) - Champaign County NAACPPresident

Chris Kennedy (D) - Businessman, Ex-Univ. of Illinois Trusstee & Son of US Sen. Robert F. Kennedy
& Ra Joy (D) - Political Organizer, Ex-Congressional Aide & Ethics Reform Activist

Robert Marshall (D) - Physician, Vietnam War Veteran & Frequent Candidate
& Dennis Cole (R)

J.B. Pritzker (D) - Venture Capitalist, Philanthropist, Attorney & '98 US Rep. Candidate
& Juliana Stratton (D) - State Rep. & Attorney

Randy Stufflebeam (Constitution) - State Party Chair, Retired USMC Veteran & Frequent Candidate
& No Runningmate Yet Selected

Grayson "Kash" Jackson (Libertarian) - Retired Navy NCO & College Student
& No Runningmate Yet Selected

Matthew Scaro (Libertarian) - Businessman
& No Runningmate Yet Selected

Jon Stewart (Libertarian) - Auto Dealer, Investor & Ex-Pro Wrestler
& No Runningmate Yet Selected

Not Yet Paired with any Libertarian Nominee
& David E. Williams (Libertarian) - Logistics Specialist, Navy Veteran & '14/'16 US Rep Candidate

William Kelly (Independent) - TV Producer & Media Strategist
& Brian Leggero (Independent) - Businessman & Frequent Candidate

Joe Walsh (Independent) - Ex-Congressman, Radio Show Host & Republican

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2018.

George Ryan

[ Lisa Madigan (D)* - Not seeking reelection in 2018. ]
Scott Drury (D) - State Rep. & Attorney
Sharon Fairley (D) - Ex-Chicago Independent Police Review Auth. Chair & Attorney
Aaron Goldstein (D) - Attorney & Chicago Democratic Ward Committeeman
Renato Mariotti (D) - Attorney
Pat Quinn (D) - Ex-Governor, Ex-Lt. Governor, Ex-State Treasurer & Attorney
Kwame Raoul (D) - State Sen. & Attorney
Nancy Rotering (D) - Highland Park Mayor, Attorney & '16 US Rep. Candidate
Jesse Ruiz (D) - Chicago Park District Board President, Ex-Chicago School Board Member & Attorney
Gary Grasso (R) - DuPage County Board Member, Ex-Burr Ridge Mayor & Attorney
Erika Harold (R) - Attorney, "Miss America" 2003, GOP Activist & '14 US Rep Candidate

Jesse White (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jason Helland (R) - Grundy County State's Attorney
Steve Dutner (Libertarian) - Sales Account Manager

Shilts - Libertarian

Susana Mendoza (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Darlene Senger (R) - Ex-State Rep., Ex-Naperville City Councilwoman & '14 US Rep Nominee
Claire Ball (Libertarian) - Accountant & '16 Nominee

Mike Frerichs (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jim Dodge (R) - Orland Park Village Trustee, National Guard Veteran & '10 State Comptroller Candidate


State House - ( Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus )

State Senate - ( Democratic Caucus - Republican Caucus )


Dick Durbin (D)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2020.

Reagan & O'Neal - 1980

Tammy Duckworth (D)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2022.


District 1:
Bobby Rush (D)*
Jimmie Lee Tillman II (R) - Businessman & Frequent Candidate

District 2:
Robin Kelly (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Marcus Lewis (D) - Postal Worker & Frequent Candidate
Patrick Harmon (R) - Businessman
David Merkle (R) - Pet Portrait Photographer
John Morrow (R) - Sales Executive & '96/'16 Candidate

Harold Washington for Chicago Mayor

District 3:
Dan Lipinski (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Marie Newman (D) - Marketing Consultant & Democratic Activist
Art Jones (R) - Neo-Nazi Activist, Insurance Salesman, Vietnam War Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Tom Stepp (R/Write-In)
Mat Tomkowiak (Independent) - College Professor & Community Organizer

District 4:
[ Luis Gutierrez (D)* - Retiring in 2018. ]
Sol Flores (D) - Non-Profit Group Executive & Community Activist
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D) - Cook County Commissioner, Ex-State Sen. & Chicago Alderman
Richard Gonzalez (D) - Affordable Housing Non-Profit Group Executive
Mark Lorch (R) - Corporate Financial Advisor
Ruben Sanchez Jr. (R) - Flight Attendant, National Guard Serviceman & GOP Activist

District 5:
Mike Quigley (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Sameena Mustafa (D) - Real Estate Broker, Actress & Community Activist
Steve Schwartzberg (D) - Church Business Manager, Ex-College Professor & Historian
Benjamin Thomas Wolf (D) - College Professor, Ex-FBI Agent & Ex-US Diplomant
Tom Hanson (R) - Real Estate Broker & '08 Nominee

Dole-Kemp & Al Salvi

District 6:
Peter Roskam (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Sean Casten (D) - Clean-Energy Executive & Biochemical Engineer
Carole Cheney (D) - Ex-Congressional Aide, Attorney & '12 State Rep. Candidate
Amanda Howland (D) - College of Lake County Trustee, Attorney, '16 Nominee & '12 State Sen. Nominee
Ryan Huffman (D) - Healthcare Data Analyst, Ex-Journalist & Ex-White House Intern
Kelly Mazeski (D) - Financial Advisor, Barrington Hills Planning Commissioner & '16 State Sen Nominee
Becky Anderson Wilkins (D) - Naperville City Councilwoman & Bookshop Owner
Jennifer Zordani (D) - Attorney

District 7:
Danny K. Davis (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Anthony Clark (D) - Teacher & Community Organizer
Craig Cameron (R) - Telecommunications Project Manager
Jeff Leef (R) - Physician & '16 Nominee

District 8:
Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jitendra "JD" Diganvker (R) - Businessman

Rod Blagojevich for Congress

District 9:
Jan Schakowsky (D)* - (Campaign Site)
John Elleson (R) - Pastor
Max Rice (R) - Event Coordinator & Creative Consultant
Sargis Sangari (R) - Retired Army Officer & Iraq War Veteran
D. Vincent Thomas Jr. (R) - College Professor & USCG Law Enforcement Specialist

District 10:
Brad Schneider (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Doug Bennett (R) - Computer Consultant & '12 Lake County Board Candidate
Sapan Shah (R) - Insurance Executive, Physician & Attorney
Jeremy Wynes (R) - Political Organizer, Attorney & GOP Activist

District 11:
Bill Foster (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Connor Vlakancic (R) - Businessman, Electrical Engineer & Frequent Candidate
Nick Stella (R) - Physician

Ed Derwinski for Congress

District 12:
Mike Bost (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Preston Nelson (R) - Internet Technician, Model & Libertarian Party Activist
David Bequette (D) - Businessman, Non-Profit Group Founder & USMC Veteran
Brendan Kelly (D) - St. Clair County State’s Attorney

Randy Auxier (Green) - College Professor & '16 Jackson County Board Candidate

District 13:
Rodney Davis (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Jon Ebel (D) - College Professor & Navy Veteran
David Gill (D) - Physician & Frequent Candidate
Erik Jones (D) - Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D) - Businesswoman, Ex-Congressional Aide & Ex-Teacher

Angel Sides (D) - Teacher

District 14:
Randy Hultgren (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Matt Brolley (D) - Montgomery Village President & Civil Engineer
John Hosta (D) - Businessman, Investment Advisor & '14/'16 Candidate
Daniel Roldan-Johnson (D) - Graduate Student & Ex-Police Intelligence Analyst
Victor Swanson (D) - Teacher & Navy Veteran
Lauren Underwood (D) - Ex-US HHS Official, Policy Analyst & Nurse
Jim Walz (D) - Warren Township School Board Member & Sales Representative
George Weber (D) - Retired Chemical Engineer

District 15:
John Shimkus (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Kevin Gaither (D) - Tutor
Carl Spoerer (D) - Marketing Executive

Pulley - Artz - Socialist Workers

District 16:
Adam Kinzinger (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Jaye DeBates (R) - Roofing Contractor & '17 Granville Town Supervisor Candidate
Jim Marter (R) - Management Consultant & '16 US Sen. Candidate
Amy "Murri" Briel (D) - Sexual Assault Victim Case Manager & Ex-Stock Broker
Sara Dady (D) - Attorney
Neill Mohammad (D) - Health Care Consultant & Political Scientist
Beth Vercolio-Osmund (D) - Farmer

District 17:
Cheri Bustos (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Bill Fawell (R) - Real Estate Broker, '14 Candidate & '92 State Rep. Candidate

District 18:
Darin LaHood (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Donald Rients (R) - Insurance Agent, Ex-Corrections Officer & '15 Candidate
Brian Deters (D) - Teacher
Darrel Miller (D) - Farmer & '10/'14 Candidate
Junius Rodriguez (D) - College Professor & Community Activist


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Party of Illinois
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Libertarian Party of Illinois
Republican Party of Illinois
Illinois Socialist Party

Lynn Martin for US Senate


State Board of Elections

Paul Simon for US Senate


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