Look Who’s Running For Office in Illinois 2014

There are several federal and statewide seats up for election in 2014 and no shortage of politicians trying to get on the ballot. Here's a photo round up of who's expected to be on the ballots.

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Gov. Pat Quinn (D)
nQuinn has been Illinois' governor since 2009, when he replaced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. His "Illinois Jobs Now!" bill created funding to repair roads, mass transit and other public works projects. Most recently, he tried to freeze legislator pay in light of the state's pension crisis.
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Bruce Rauner (R)
nA businessman at heart, Rauner has decided to run for the Republican governor seat. He worked for the Illinois investment company Golder, Thoma, Cressey (GTCR) until 2012, and founded R8 Capital Partners shortly after.
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Sen. Dick Durbin (D)
nDurbin is running for reelection as one of Illinois' U.S. senators. He has served since 1997 and is known for a wide variety of issues and legislation, particularly the DREAM Act. He is currently the Senate Majority Whip.
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Jim Oberweis (R)
nOberweis has his eye on the U.S. Senate seat. He is responsible for the launch of Oberweis Asset Management and is also chairman of Oberweis Dairy. He is also currently a member of the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee.
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Bobby Rush (D)
nRush hopes to once again taken Illinois' 1st Congressional District. Some of his legislation regarding women's health and prescriptions was adopted into the Affordable Care Act, and he is known for supporting small businesses. He has also served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Robin Kelly (D)
nKelly is set to run for the 2nd Congressional District in 2014. She has served as Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County and chief of staff for the Illinois treasurer. The latter made her the first African American woman to be chief of staff for a constitutional officer in the state.
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Rep. Dan Lipinski (D)
nLipinski has represented the 3rd district since 2005. He's the most senior Illinois member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and also serves on the Science, Space & Technology Committee.
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D)
nGutierrez (right) will run again to represent the 4th Congressional District. He's passionate about immigration reform, and was arrested in October after participating in a Washington D.C. rally to persuade House Republicans to vote on an immigration bill. Gutierrez is also a senior member of the Financial Services Committee.
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Rep. Mike Quigley (D)
nQuigley (right) hopes to represent the 5th Congressional District again after being elected for the first time in 2009. The Chicagoan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and has helped Sen. Mark Kirk combat corruption in Illinois.
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Rep. Peter Roskam (R)
nRoskam is currently serving his fourth term as representative for the 6th Congressional District and hopes to continue on from here. He has been under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics since July over a trip he took to Taiwan.
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Rep. Danny Davis (D)
nDavis has served the 7th district since 1997. He focuses his efforts on poverty, education and criminal justice reform, among other things. He serves on the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform.
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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D)
nDuckworth was elected to the 8th district in 2012. She serves on the Committee on Armed Services and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In addition to her position in office, she is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
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Larry Kaifesh (R)
nKaifesh has served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed five different times to Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11. He also spent some time working for the United Talent Agency. His primary focus is national defense policy.
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D)
nSchakowsky has served the 9th Congressional District since 1999. She's a vocal advocate for women's rights and universal healthcare, and was a key player in the passing of the Affordable Care Act. Schakowsky was arrested along with Gutierrez during the rally for immigration reform.
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Rep. Brad Schneider (D)
nSchneider hopes to serve the 10th district for another term. He is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and advocates for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. His economic plan tends to focus on small businesses and the middle class.
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Bob Dold (R)
nDold (left) hopes to get his seat back from Schneider in the 10th district. He served for two years starting in 2011, but lost the most recent election. Dold is a small business owner, and some argue he's more moderate than his Republican colleagues.
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Rep. Bill Foster (D)
nFoster hopes to once again win the hearts of 11th district constituents. The scientist and businessman has often played a part in fiscal reform. He's also a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.
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Darlene Senger (R)
nSenger is another contender for the 11th district. She has served on the Naperville City Council and was State Representative for Illinois' 41st district.
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Rep. Bill Enyart (D)
nEnyart joined Congress after retiring as Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture. He is also working to advance the coal industry in Southern Illinois.
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Mike Bost (R)
nBost has been the State Representative for Illinois' 115th district since 1995 and now hopes to serve the state's 12th Congressional District. He is also a small business owner and was a firefighter until 2006.
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Rep. Rodney Davis (R)
nThe Taylorville resident will seek another term serving the 13th Congressional District. He sits on the House Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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Erika Harold (R)
nHarold has her eye on the 13th district seat. After winning Miss America 2003, she worked on former President George Bush's reelection campaign and served as an Illinois delegate for the 2004 Republican National Convention. She is currently an attorney at Meyer Capel.
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Ann Callis (D)
nCallis is a judge in Madison County who hopes to unseat Davis in the 13th district. She created the first Veterans Court in Illinois and began a foreclosure mediation plan.
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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R)
nHultgren has served the 14th Congressional District since 2011. Before that, he worked on the DuPage County Board, Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois Senate. He is a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and is an advocate for scientific research and STEM education.
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Dennis Anderson (D)
nAnderson hopes to represent the 14th district. He has a long career in public health working primarily in cancer research. He retired in 2010 after working for Loyola, Northwestern and the University of Wisconsin.
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Rep. John Shimkus (R)
nShimkus currently serves the 15th Congressional District. He is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Shimkus is a proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through Illinois.
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)
nKinzinger hopes to continue serving the 16th district. Also a supporter of the Keystone Pipeline, he's believes the U.S. should be less reliant on foreign resources. He is also the Deputy Republican Whip.
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Randall Olsen (D)
nOlsen is Kinzinger's Democratic challenger. He worked as a nuclear cardiology technician until his retirement in August. He believes legislators should stop using funding for Social Security and Medicare on other government programs.
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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)
nThe former journalist hopes to serve the 17th district for another term after taking over in 2013. She's a member of the No Labels group, and is assigned to the House Committees on Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure. Bustos is a big advocate for healthcare and openly supported the Affordable Care Act.
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Bobby Schilling (R)
nSchilling is looking to reclaim his spot in the 17th district after Bustos unseated him in the 2012 election. He holds typically conservative views, believing in the local regulation of education and small government, among other things.
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Rep. Aaron Schock (R)
nSchock currently serves the 18th district, and it doesn't look like he'll have much standing in the way of his reelection. He is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on House Administration. Schock began public life at a young age, serving on the Peoria School Board when he was 19.
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Lisa Madigan (D)
nMadigan has been Illinois' Attorney General since 2003 and is running for yet another term. She is known for her views on consumer rights and has testified before Congress on privacy rights and employment discrimination. She also helped drive the recent foreclosure settlement with JP Morgan and other major banks.
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Jesse White (D)
nWhite has been Secretary of State since 2002 and is the only African American to hold the position. His reelection is extremely likely.
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Judy Baar Topinka (R)
nTopinka is the current State Comptroller. She served as Illinois treasurer prior to her time as comptroller.
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Sheila Simon (D)
nSimon hopes to shift from Lieutenant Governor to State Comptroller. Before she entered state public office, she was a professor at SIU and member of the Carbondale City Council. She is the daughter of former Illinois representatives Jeanne Simon and Paul Simon.
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Julie Fox (Libertarian)
nFox also hopes to unseat Topinka in the election for State Comptroller. She is currently the Deputy Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Illinois and Chair of the Fox Valley Libertarian Party.
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Mike Frerichs (D)
nFrerichs is an Illinois senator for the 52nd legislative district. He intends to take Dan Rutherford's spot as state treasurer.
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Tom Cross (R)
nCross is yet another Republican candidate for state treasurer. He spent part of his political career as a representative for Illinois' 84th legislative district.
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Sheriff Tom Dart
nDart has been Cook County sheriff since 2006. He is best known for his response to the 2008 foreclosure crisis, when he announced that his deputies would no longer evict people until proper safeguards were put into place. He also sued Craigslist over its "erotic services" section in 2009 because he claimed it was a source of prostitution.
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