Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Illinois' 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 18, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bobby L. Rush Democratic Party
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Illinois U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Illinois will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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.[1]

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

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. It covers 97.84 square miles, making it one of the 40 smallest districts in the U.S.

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


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March 18, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Neutral/Abstain 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.[3] 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.[4] Bobby Rush did not vote on the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[5]

Neutral/Abstain The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[6] 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. Bobby Rush did not vote on HR 2775.[7]

Campaign contributions

Bobby Rush

Bobby L. Rush (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2013$24,438.29$60,550.00$(22,906.11)$62,082.18
July Quarterly[9]July 14, 2013$62,082.18$58,350.00$(72,678.15)$47,754.03
October Quarterly[10]October 13, 2013$47,754.03$39,001.00$(48,248.83)$38,506.20
Year-end[11]January 31, 2014$38,506$53,500$(40,505)$51,500
Pre-Primary[12]March 6, 2014$51,500$0$(4,314)$47,186
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$47,186$20,000$(8,535)$58,650
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Bobby L. Rush (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Donald Peloquin in the 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"


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.[14]

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

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