Illinois Democrats Are Optimistic about Congressional Chances

Illinois Democrats Are Optimistic about Congressional Chances


Illinois Democrats are looking to increase their number in the state’s congressional delegation this November, but admit they’ve got seats that need defending, too.

At a fundraiser in Chicago, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) tried to convince supporters that predictions of a Republican landslide in this year’s elections are premature.

“We can win the 17 seats that we need to take back the House of Representatives if Democrats vote,” Schakowsky said.

Democrats gained four Illinois congressional seats in 2012, and Schakowsky believes they can add more. But she admitted that several Democratic incumbents face tough challenges, such as U.S. Rep. William L. Enyart (D-Belleville).

“I am a front line member,” Enyart said. “Front line means that we are one of the people walking around with a target on our back. The Republicans want my seat—desperately.”

Enyart mentioned U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) and Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) as other “front line” members who need support.

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