Illinois' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Luis V. Gutierrez Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Luis Gutierrez (D), who was first elected in 1992. Gutierrez won re-election in 2012 with 83% of the vote.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 2, 2013
March 18, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Illinois is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by February 18, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 7, 2014.[5]

See also: Illinois elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Luis Gutierrez (D), who was first elected in 1992.

Illinois' 4th Congressional District includes part of Cook County.

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Illinois District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuis Gutierrez Incumbent 74.3% 21,625
Alexandra Eidenberg 16.5% 4,796
Jorge G. Zavala 9.2% 2,670
Total Votes 29,091
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

Issues

Controversy

Ethics investigation

On May 5, 2014, The House Ethics Committee decided not to move forward with a full-scale investigation into whether incumbent Luis Gutierrez improperly paid a lobbying firm.[9]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Luis Gutierrez voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Luis Gutierrez voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Luis Gutierez

Luis V. Gutierrez (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]July 28, 2013$354,393.16$9,326.55$(99,967.32)$263,752.39
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$263,752.39$49,822.33$(37,418.39)$276,156.33
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$276,156.33$31,500.00$(48,112.03)$259,544.30
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$259,544$11,210$(43,197)$227,556
Pre-Primary[19]March 6, 2014$227,556$8,063$(37,565)$198,054
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$198,054$44,154$(12,941)$229,267
Running totals
$154,075.88$(279,200.74)

Alexandra Eidenberg

Alexandra Eidenberg (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$0$17,273$(8,240)$9,033
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$9,033$5,927$(14,997)$-9,069
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$-9,069$13,040$(11,338)$1,666
Year End[24]January 31, 2014$1,666$969$(3,305)$-669
Running totals
$37,209$(37,880)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 4th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Luis Gutierrez won re-election in the district.[25]

U.S. House, Illinois District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLuis Gutierrez Incumbent 83% 133,226
     Republican Hector Concepcion 17% 27,279
Total Votes 160,505
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Luis V. Gutierrez won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Israel Vasquez (R) and Robert J. Burns (G) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Illinois District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLuis V. Gutierrez incumbent 77.4% 63,273
     Republican Israel Vasquez 14.3% 11,711
     Green Robert J. Burns 8.3% 6,808
Total Votes 81,792

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, "2014 Primary: Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 2, 2014
  5. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Illinois Board of Elections, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 2, 2013
  7. Illinois Elections Division, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 2, 2013
  8. Illinois Division of Elections, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 3, 2013
  9. Politico, "Ethics panel won’t move forward on Luis Gutierrez," accessed May 6, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed February 26, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed February 26, 2014
  23. Federal Election commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 26, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 26, 2014
  25. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013