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Illinois' 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Bobby L. Rush Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bobby L. Rush Democratic Party
Bobby Rush.jpg

Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Bobby Rush won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 27, 2011
March 20, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Illinois has a mixed-hybrid primary system. Voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 21. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9. A "grace period" is also available, allowing voter registration until three days before an election.[2][3]

See also: Illinois elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bobby Rush (D), who was first elected in 1992.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 1st Congressional District is based in Cook County, and includes much of the South Side of Chicago, extending into the city's southwest suburbs until reaching the border of Will County, and covers 97.84 square miles, making it one of the 40 smallest districts in the U.S.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Bobby RushApproveda
Republican Party Donald Peloquin

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 73.8% 236,854
     Republican Donald Peloquin 26.2% 83,989
Total Votes 320,843
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 83.8% 64,533
Jordan Sims 2.6% 1,980
Clifford Russell, Jr. 3.1% 2,412
Fred Smith 2.9% 2,232
Raymond Lodato 4.2% 3,210
Harold Bailey 3.4% 2,598
Total Votes 76,965

Republican primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Peloquin 69.2% 16,355
Frederick Collins 24.4% 5,773
Jimmy Lee Tillman II 6.4% 1,501
Total Votes 23,629

Race background


This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

Fred Smith had been endorsed in the Democratic primary over incumbent Bobby L. Rush.[10] Rush had been criticized by govtrack.us for having the "fourth worst missed-vote record in Congress — 13.2 percent".[10] He had also taken critique from suburban mayors who "grumble that he's less responsive to their constituents' needs than to those of city residents."[10] The redrawn 1st District, reaching into rural Will County, brought in many more suburban voters.[10]

On the Republican ticket, Donald Peloquin had been endorsed over Frederick Collins, and Jimmy Lee Tillman II.[10] Peloquin was known for his "2004 attempt to get dozens of southland communities to secede and form "Lincoln County."[10] The Chicago Tribune noted that Peloquin was a strong advocate for a third regional airport and would work for federal funding for infrastructure projects,[10]citing one instance when St. Francis Hospital announced it was closing, when he helped build the coalition that created MetroSouth Medical Center.[10]

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Illinois

With the 2011 redistricting, Illinois lost 1 of its current 19 House seats because the state's population failed to grow as fast as in other states.[11] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[11] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only 6 Republicans.[11]

The new 1st District is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[12][13]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Illinois' 1st District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[14]

  • 2012: 78D / 22R
  • 2010: 83D / 17R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Illinois' 1st Congressional District has a PVI of D+28, which is the 19th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 81-19 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 77-23 percent over George W. Bush (R).[15]

Campaign donors


Bobby L. Rush (2012) [16] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[17]March 8, 2012$37,202.38$13,400.00$(37,472.18)$13,130.20
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2012$13,130.20$58,832.02$(35,061.45)$36,900.77
Running totals
Donald Peloquin (2012)[19] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[20]March 8, 2012$12,373.20$9,950.09$(11,190.86)$11,132.43
April Quarterly[21]April 13, 2012$11,132.43$28,820.00$(24,671.86)$15,280.57
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Bobby Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley (R) and Jeff Adams (G) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby L. Rush Incumbent 80.4% 148,170
     Republican Raymond G. Wardingley 15.9% 29,253
     Green Jeff Adams 3.8% 6,963
Total Votes 184,386

See also

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  2. Illinois Board of Elections "2012 Election Calendar," Accessed July 21, 2012
  3. Illinois Board of Elections "Registering to Vote in Illinois," Accessed July 21, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" accessed March 20, 2012
  5. SouthTown Star "Sims to run for U.S. rep in 1st District" accessed December 5, 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Chicago Tribune "Illinois congressional candidates seek spots on ballot" accessed December 27, 2011
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  9. SouthTown Star "Peloquin says he’s running for Congress" accessed December 5, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Chicago Tribune "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" Accessed February 22, 2012
  12. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  13. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  14. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Illinois," September 2012
  15. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  16. Bobby L. Rush "Candidate Summary Reports" Accessed July 7, 2012
  17. Bobby L. Rush "Pre-Primary Report" Accessed July 7, 2012
  18. Bobby L. Rush "April Quarterly" Accessed July 7, 2012
  19. Donald Peloquin FEC Reports "Summary Reports" Accessed July 7, 2012
  20. Donald Peloquin FEC Reports "Pre-Primary Report" Accessed July 7, 2012
  21. Donald Peloquin FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 7, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"