Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Shimkus Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

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

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The 15th 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 John Shimkus (R), who was first elected in 2002. He ran unopposed in the primary election and will face Eric Thorsland (D) in the general election. He won re-election with 69% of the vote in 2012.

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 John Shimkus (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Illinois' 15th Congressional District is located in eastern Illinois. It includes Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, White, Wayne, Edwards, Wabash, Marion, Washington, Clinton, Madison, Bond, Gayette, Clay, Effingham, Shelby, Jasper, Cumberland, Crawford, Lawrence, Richland, Clark, Coles, Edgar, Douglas, Moultrie, Vermillion, Champaign and Ford counties.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[8] 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.[9] John Shimkus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

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.[11] 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. John Shimkus voted for HR 2775.[12]

Campaign contributions

John Shimkus

John Shimkus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$860,929.98$203,224.02$(107,575.08)$956,578.92
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$956,578.92$355,177.19$(307,086.94)$1,004,669.17
October Quarterly[15]October 13, 2013$1,004,669.17$186,928.01$(209,444.54)$982,152.64
Year-end[16]January 14, 2014$982,152$176,703$(128,902)$1,029,953
Pre-Primary[17]March 6, 2014$1,029,953$77,333$(67,749)$1,039,537
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$1,039,537$241,978$(150,651)$1,130,864
Running totals
$1,241,343.22$(971,408.56)

Eric Thorsland

Eric Thorsland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$0.00$435.00$(39.00)$396.00
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$396$4,137$(1,551)$2,982
Pre-Primary[21]March 13, 2014$2,982$1,356$(3,798)$540
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$540$2,313$(3,798)$1,497
Running totals
$8,241$(9,186)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 15th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent from District 19 John Shimkus won election in the district.[23]

U.S. House, Illinois District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Shimkus Incumbent 68.6% 205,775
     Democratic Angela Michael 31.4% 94,162
Total Votes 299,937
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Timothy V. Johnson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Gill (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Illinois District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy V. Johnson incumbent 64.3% 136,915
     Democratic David Gill 35.7% 75,948
Total Votes 212,863

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. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  7. News Gazette, "Thorsland acknowledges challenges in bid for Congress," accessed October 4, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 23, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013