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Chris Balkema
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 11
Elections and appointments
Last electionMarch 18, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTaylor University
Master'sBradley University
Campaign website
Chris Balkema was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 11th Congressional District of Illinois.[1] Balkema was defeated by Darlene Senger in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2]



  • Taylor University, B.S.
  • Bradley University, Master's Degree


Balkema is a manager at Caterpillar in Joliet and a sitting Grundy County Board Member.[3]



See also: Illinois' 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Balkema ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 11th District.[1] Balkema was defeated by Darlene Senger in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Illinois District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDarlene Senger 36.9% 13,290
Chris Balkema 33.4% 12,024
Bert Miller 26.3% 9,460
Ian Bayne 3.5% 1,253
Total Votes 36,027
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Balkema's reports.[4]

Chris Balkema (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[5]July 15, 2013$0.00$64,591.20$(19,928.85)$44,662.35
October Quarterly[6]October 15, 2013$44,662.35$24,794.82$(41,866.38)$27,590.79
Year End[7]January 31, 2014$27,590$32,603$(34,077)$26,117
Running totals


Balkema and his wife Jill have two sons. They live in Channahon, Illinois.[3]

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