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Illinois' 10th congressional district


Illinois' 10th congressional district

Illinois's 10th congressional district
Current Representative Brad Schneider (DDeerfield)
Cook PVI D+8[1]

The 10th congressional district of Illinois lies in the northeast corner of the state and mostly comprises northern suburbs of Chicago. It was created after the 1860 census. It is represented by Democrat Brad Schneider.

2013 redistricting

The district covers parts of Cook and Lake counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lindenhurst, Libertyville, Mundelein, North Chicago, Northbrook, Prospect Heights, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Wheeling and Zion are included.[2] The representatives for these districts will be elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 3, 2013.

District characteristics


The 10th is home to several Fortune 500 Companies, including but not limited to: CDW, Walgreens, Underwriters Laboratories, Baxter Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Allstate Insurance, and HSBC. It is also home to the world headquarters of the food giant Kraft Foods in Northfield.


The Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago, hosting the United States Navy's only boot camp, trains 38,000 recruits each year.


The area of the district was originally represented by one of Abraham Lincoln's closest allies, Elihu B. Washburne (R-Waukegan). The district was created in 1982 redistricting out of districts represented by John Porter (R-Wilmette) and Robert McClory (R-Lake Bluff). On the retirement of McClory, the district was represented by Porter after winning the elections of 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998. Following Porter's retirement, 11 Republicans and two Democrats ran to succeed him. Eventually 9 Republicans and one Democrat stood for election in the primary of March 2000. John Porter's former Chief of Staff, Mark Kirk, won the Republican primary over number two rival Shaun Donnely. Kirk then defeated State Representative Lauren Beth Gash (D-Highland Park) by 2% in the 2000 general election. Kirk remained in Congress until he decided to run for The United States Senate in the 2010 election. He was succeeded by Republican Robert Dold.


2006 election

Republican candidate for Governor, Judy Baar Topinka, and Cook County GOP candidate for President Tony Peraica both handily won the district in 2006, although both lost in the statewide count.

2008 election

Dan Seals, who had previously run against Mark Kirk in 2006, defeated Clinton Advisor Jay Footlik for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Dave Kalbfleisch received the Green Party nomination, but was removed from the ballot by the Illinois State Board of Elections.[3][4] Independent candidate Allan Stevo was also nominated.[5] Mark Kirk defeated Dan Seals in their rematch from 2006 by 54% to 46%, thus winning a fifth term in the House.

2010 election

The Republican Party nominee, Robert Dold, won against the Democratic Party nominee, Dan Seals.

2012 election

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012

Robert Dold no longer lives in the redrawn district,[6] but has said he will move into the district if he wins re-election.[7]

Candidates for the Democratic nomination were: Ilya Sheyman, a community organizer from Waukegan,[8] Brad Schneider, a business consultant,[9] John Tree, a business executive and Colonel in the Air Force Reserve,[10] and Vivek Bavda, an intellectual property attorney.[11]

In the March 20, 2012 primary, Brad Schneider won the Democratic nomination.[12]

Recent election results

U.S. President

Year Office Winner
2000 President Al Gore (D) 51 - 47%
2004 President John Kerry (D) 52 - 47%
2008 President Barack Obama (D) 61 - 38%

U.S. Representative

Year Republican
2000 Kirk 51 Gash 49
2002 Kirk 69 Perritt 31
2004 Kirk 65 Goodman 35
2006 Kirk 53.4 Seals 46.6
2008 Kirk 52.6 Seals 47.4
2010 Dold 51.1 Seals 48.8
2012 Dold 49.5 Schneider 50.5

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1863
Anthony L. Knapp Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1865
Redistricted from the 6th district
Anthony Thornton Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 4, 1867
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Albert G. Burr Democratic March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1871
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Edward Y. Rice Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1873
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
William H. Ray Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John C. Bagby Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1877
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Benjamin F. Marsh Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1883
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Nicholas E. Worthington Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1887
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Philip S. Post Republican March 4, 1887 –
January 6, 1895
Vacant January 6, 1895 –
December 2, 1895
George W. Prince Republican December 2, 1895 –
March 4, 1903
Redistricted to the 15th district
George E. Foss Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1913
Redistricted from the 7th district
Charles M. Thomson Progressive March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1915
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
George E. Foss Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1919
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Carl R. Chindblom Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1933
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
James Simpson, Jr. Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Ralph E. Church Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
George A. Paddock Republican January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Ralph E. Church Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
Redistricted to the 13th district
Richard W. Hoffman Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1957
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Harold R. Collier Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted to the 6th district
Samuel H. Young Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Abner J. Mikva Democratic January 3, 1975 –
September 26, 1979
Resigned to become judge of U.S. Court of Appeals
Vacant September 26, 1979 –
January 22, 1980
John Edward Porter Republican January 22, 1980 –
January 3, 2001
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Mark Kirk Republican January 3, 2001 –
November 29, 2010
Resigned when elected to the U.S. Senate
Vacant November 29, 2010 –
January 3, 2011
Robert Dold Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
Defeated for re-election
Brad Schneider Democratic January 3, 2013 –


  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

External links

  • page on the 10th District of Illinois
  • U.S. Census Bureau - 10th District Fact Sheet

Coordinates: 42°16′47″N 87°56′21″W / 42.27972°N 87.93917°W / 42.27972; -87.93917

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