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Illinois' 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 20, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Janice D. Schakowsky Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Janice D. Schakowsky Democratic Party
Janice D. Schakowsky.jpg

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

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The 9th Congressional District of Illinois held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Jan Schakowsky won the election.[1]

This is the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.
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 Jan Schakowsky (D), who was first elected in 1998.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Illinois' 9th Congressional District consists of all of Evanston, Skokie, Niles, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Park Ridge and Norridge. It is also made up of parts of Wilmette, Northfield, Glenview, Golf, Rosemont and Des Plaines, as well as much of the North Side of City of Chicago. [4]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Jan SchakowskyGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Timothy Wolfe

March 20, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Susanne Atanus was removed from the official candidate list on January 23, 2012[8]

Election Results

General Election

U.S. House, Illinois District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJan Schakowsky Incumbent 66.3% 194,869
     Republican Timothy Wolfe 33.7% 98,924
Total Votes 293,793
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois' 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Schakowsky Incumbent 91.9% 48,124
Simon Ribeiro 8.1% 4,270
Total Votes 52,394

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.[9] Illinois has had 11 Republican congressmen and 8 Democrats since the November 2010 election.[9] The new map, designed by the dominant Democrats, could flip that advantage to as many as 12 Democrats and only six Republicans.[9]

The new 9th District is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[10][11]

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' 9th District became less Democratic because of redistricting.[12]

  • 2012: 66D / 34R
  • 2010: 69D / 31R

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' 9th Congressional District has a PVI of D+15, which is the 69th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 69-31 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 63-37 percent over George W. Bush (R).[13]

Campaign donors


Jan Schakowsky (2012)[14] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[15]March 8, 2012$353,372.15$54,382.44$(90,715.50)$317,391.09
April Quarterly[16]April 11, 2012$317,391.09$111,199.62$(47,569.34)$381,021.37
Running totals

Timothy Wolfe (2012)[17] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[18]March 13, 2012$4,014.39$3,632.77$(6,362.06)$1,285.10
April Quarterly[19]April 13, 2012$1,285.10$1,678.41$(1,282.88)$1,680.63
Running totals

District history


On November 2, 2010, Jan Schakowsky won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Joe Barry Pollak (R) and Simon Ribeiro (G) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 9th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanice D. Schakowsky Incumbent 66.3% 117,553
     Republican Joe Barry Pollak 31.1% 55,182
     Green Simon Ribeiro 2.5% 4,472
Total Votes 177,207

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. June 2011 Illinois Redistricting "Map" Accessed July 23, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" accessed March 20, 2012
  6. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" accessed December 27, 2011
  8. http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=Type+Of+Office&ListType=RESULTS+OF+SEARCH+BY+TYPE+OF+OFFICE&ElectionID=32&ElectionType=GP&ElectionDate=3%2f20%2f2012&OfficeTypeSearchType=Matches&OfficeType=REPRESENTATIVE+IN+CONGRESS&QueryType=CANDIDATE&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=&OrderBy=ORDER+BY+tblOffices.BallotGroup%2c+OfficeSequence%2cPartySequence%2cFileDateTime%2c+vwCandidates.Sequence%2c+LotteryLastName%2c+LotteryFirstName Illinois Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed February 10, 2012]
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Chicago Tribune "Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map:Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed" Accessed February 22, 2012
  10. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "Illinois' congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  11. Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  12. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Illinois," September 2012
  13. Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
  14. FEC Reports "Jan Schakowsky Summary Reports" Accessed July 9, 2012
  15. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 9, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 9, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "Timothy Wolfe Summary Reports" Accessed July 9, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 9, 2012
  19. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 9, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"