Mixed bag for Illinois Republican members of the U.S. House/Democrats maintain control of Illinois General Assembly

Mixed bag for Illinois Republican members of the U.S. House/Democrats maintain control of Illinois General Assembly

ILLINOIS (IRN) — It was a mixed showing for Illinois Republican members of the U.S. House.

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, fell to Democratic challenger Sean Casten. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, beat two challengers in Illinois’ 12 Congressional District.

Two races went down to the wire. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, had a slim lead over Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in the 13th Congressional District. ABC News had Davis 5,000 votes ahead of Londrigan at just before midnight. The AP had Davis about 500 votes ahead of Londrigan. In Illinois’ 14th Congressional District Democratic challenger Lauren Underwood was in a deadheat with incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano. ABC had Underwood over Hultgren by about 5,000 votes. The AP had Underwood 10,000 ahead of Hultgren.

Mark Glennon, the founder of the financial-analysis website Wirepoints, said Republicans in Congress have been sloppy.

“A little kick in the butt for them is probably appropriate,” Glennon said. “It will put a little spry into Trump as well and it will set things up for a really strong election two years from now when I think we’ll have the full evidence in on what direction Trump really wants to take the country in and we’ll really have a verdict at that time.”

Overall across the country, Democrats were projected to take the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate remained in Republican hands.

It’s not just all the statewide constitutional offices that Democrats now control. They also maintain control of the Illinois General Assembly.

Preliminary numbers were still being crunched into the night Tuesday, but Democrats are expected to maintain a majority, if not secure a supermajority. Democratic state Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago won his reelection bid against Republican challenger Ammie Kessem.

He said the Democratic majority will have to work with the Republican minority.

“It’s a great burden and responsibility upon us in the majority to work with the minority to make sure that we are addressing the concerns of the constituents they represent,” Martwick said.

Republican state Rep. Avery Bourne won her reelection bid. She said with Democrats controlling the executive branch and both chambers, the GOP minority will have to work harder to hold Democrats accountable.

“To make sure that the minority voices are being heard and that there are checks and balances within state government even if there aren’t checks and balances within the partisan makeup of the majorities.”

The state Senate also remains in Democrat control.

The next class of state lawmakers will take the oath of office in January where it’s expected Senate President John Cullerton will win another term as Senate President and House Speaker Michael Madigan will continue his reign as the longest-serving state legislative leader in U.S. history.