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There are four congressional districts that touch Kane County: the 6th, 8th, 11th, and the 14th.
The 6th Congressional District is currently represented by Republican Peter Roskam.
The 8th Congressional District is currently represented by Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi
The 11th Congressional District is currently represented by Democrat Bill Foster.
The 14th Congressional District is currently represented by Republican Randy Hultgren.
U.S. House Congressional Districts
Sean Casten is a biochemical engineer and entrepreneur. Between the years of 2000-2016, he owned and operated two businesses, Turbostream and Recycled Energy Development LLC (“RED”), which who has focused on improving fuel efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse emissions within U.S. manufacturing facilities.
Sean serves on the Thayer School of Engineering’s Corporate Collaboration Council, working to help ensure the professional quality of their M.E.M. degree program and helping students secure internships and long-term employment.
Sean earned a B.A. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1993. He then worked for two years as a scientist at the Tufts School of Medicine as part of a laboratory investigating dietary impacts on colon and breast cancer.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was elected in November 2016 to represent the 8th District of Illinois, which includes the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago. Raja’s policy platform focuses on growing and strengthening the middle class by supporting small businesses, rebuilding our infrastructure, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.
Raja is the child of immigrants and was reared in Peoria, Illinois. He attended public schools in Peoria and was a valedictorian of his high school class. Scholarships and student loans allowed Raja to graduate summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in mechanical engineering and a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. He then graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and clerked for a federal judge before practicing law in Chicago.
After his time in the Illinois Treasurer’s Office, Raja returned to the private sector, serving as president of research-oriented small businesses developing technology in the national security and renewable energy industries. Raja also served as the Vice-Chair of the Illinois Innovation Council and co-founded InSPIRE, a non-profit that provides inner-city students and veterans with training in solar technology.
Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. He previously served in Congress from March 2008 until January 2011 as the Representative of 14th Congressional District of Illinois. He is the only PhD physicist in Congress.
Bill serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, a position he also held in the 110th, 111th, 113th, and 114th Congresses. In response to the Great Recession, he participated in the creation of several important reforms in the financial services and housing sectors, most notably the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He also serves on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Before he became a Member of Congress, Bill worked as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). He was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab’s giant particle accelerators.
Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois where she earned her first Girl Scout badge and attended Neuqua Valley High School. She is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act.
Lauren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, Lauren worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. Lauren also is a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
The Illinois General Assembly includes the Senate and House of Representatives.
There are 6 senate districts with portions inside Kane County.
The 22nd and 25th districts do not have elections in 2018.
No election in 2018.
No election in 2018.
Tom Georges is the democratic candidate for the 26th Illinois state senate. Mr. Georges has military experience from serving as a colonel in the army and is currently self-employed in real estate investment and management. He holds a Master of Arts in Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Georges is a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the Village of Mundelein.
Nancy Zettler is an attorney, small business owner, and activist from Algonquin. After practicing law full-time, she decided to stay home with her daughters and get involved in the community and local schools. In 2005, she began work as the Chair of Advance 300 and helped pass two referendum supporting D300 schools. Nancy was also a member of the D300 Board of Education’s Legislative Committee for two years.
Linda Holmes is the incumbent in the 42nd district. She was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. Before becoming an elected official, Linda spent time as a small business owner and community volunteer. She has been recognized by the Illinois Environmental Council as one of the staunchest supporters of the environment in the Senate. She was named Legislator of the Year from the Illinois chapter of the United States Humane Society for her animal welfare legislation concerning research dogs and cats.
Illinois House of Representatives
There are 9 state representative districts with geography inside Kane County. All have elections in 2018.
The 52nd & 66th districts do not have Democratic candidates at this time.
Anna Moeller has served as the representative of the 43rd district since 2014 and has lived in Elgin since 1997. She has a BA in History and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Northern Illinois University.
She is an experienced public administration professional working in economic development, community planning, budgeting and non-profit management. In 2012 she was named to the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellowship program and was admitted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Administration and Public Policy in 1999.
Karina Villa is currently the Vice President of the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education and a school social worker. She has worked in the West Chicago and Villa Park school systems. She grew up in West Chicago and earned her MSW from Aurora University. She does not have a primary challenger.
Richard Johnson is the current President of the School District U46’s Elgin Teacher’s Association. He taught high school social studies at Bartlett High School for nearly a decade before coming to the Elgin School District.
After 5 years of teaching full-time during the day and attending law classes at night at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Richard graduated in 2014. He took the bar exam in July of 2014 and passed on the first attempt.
Paul Stoddard is a retired Geology professor from Northern Illinois
University. He has represented the eastern side of DeKalb on the DeKalb County Board for the last ten years. During that time, Stoddard has served on various standing committees, including chairing the Finance Committee for the past 3 years.
Linda Chapa LaVia
Linda Chapa LaVia is the incumbent for the 83rd district. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago where she received a bachelor’s degree and participated in the ROTC. She was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army until 1993 and then served in the Illinois National Guard until 1997. She is a real estate broker and now resides in Aurora with her family.
Stephanie Kifowit is the incumbent for the 84th district. She served her country in the United States Marine Corps and also served the residents of the City of Aurora as Alderman for over nine years. Previously, Kifowit was a financial advisor and is now the full-time State Representative of the 84th District which covers parts of Aurora, Oswego, Montgomery and Naperville.
Kifowit is an alumna of Northern Illinois University and graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration. She currently lives in Oswego with her family.
Kane County Board
Kane County is organized into 24 districts; each is represented by a board member.
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Myrna Molina is the current Kane County Board member representing district 1. Ms. Molina works in the healthcare industry and was first appointed to the county board in 2006. She is an active member of East Aurora District 131, Aurora’s Greenfest, LULAC Council 5218, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the Illinois Association of County Board Members and the National Association of Counties. Ms. Molina is recognized for her consistent demonstration of democratic principles as she routinely confronts the Republican-controlled county board in advocating for her community and human rights for all members of society
Anita Lewis is running as a Democrat for the 3rd County Board District. Lewis confirmed to the Chicago Tribune (article here) that she was approached by Republican county board chair, Chris Lauzen and several others to consider running for the March 2018 primary. She cites a desire to avoid tax increases and dissatisfaction with current representation as her main reasons for running. She states she supports social programs but is also a fiscal conservative. She also said she historically votes in the Republican primary, but has split her vote at the local level and in general Presidential races. Although she has previously campaigned for Lauzen, she noted she has also campaigned for a local Democratic candidate, former Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez.
She feels that “There is no real difference between a Democrat and a Republican.” Lewis obtained her undergraduate degree from DePaul University and is also a Life Coach. She is active in her church and was recently commissioned as a church chaplain.
Matt Hanson is a railroad union worker.
Monica Silva has a B.S. in Biology and Health Sciences (premed) and is a chiropractic doctor. She was an Aurora Township Commissioner and sits on the following subcommittees of the Kane County Board: Public Health, County Board, Committee of the Whole, Executive, Judicial and Public Safety, Legislative, Stormwater Management, and the Planning Committee.
Jody Kanikula cites concern that safety and quality of life are being sacrificed for a small reduction in taxes and a desire to bring a better balance to the county board as primary reasons for seeking office. Ms. Kanikula would also like to see greater importance placed on residents’ input. Ms. Kanikula holds a Master of Social Work degree and has a private counseling practice wherein she works with adults and seniors. Her career thus far has focused largely on counseling, multiple volunteer engagements and serving as vice president and president for the DuPage Association of Volunteer Administration.
Lark Cowart has practiced law in Illinois for 16 years, including 14 years in the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. The other two years were spent clerking at the trial and appellate courts in Chicago. She has twice been nominated for Prosecutor of the Year.
She is a former star athlete and is now a swim coach. Lark is also a licensed trainer in Restorative Practices, an inclusive process for building communities and repairing harm.
Lark earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago, and her M.A. in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Lark and her husband Kevin are parents to two young children.
Lucas Strom cites a deep passion for the area, the need for fiscal responsibility and social compassion and a desire to serve residents well as his main reasons for running.
Mr. Strom is a fourth-generation farmer, owning and operating a row crop operation growing non-GMO corn and is working towards a fully organic operation. Mr. Strom previously worked for large management consulting companies helping start-up companies grow and holds his Master of Science degree in Information Services.
Deborah Allan serves on the following Kane County Board Subcommittees: Riverboat Grant, Committee of the Whole, Administration, Executive, Finance and Budget, Public Health, Liquor Control Commission, Energy and Environmental, Human Services, Legislative, Stormwater Management Planning Committee, Enhanced Finance & Budget Committee
Mohammad “Mo” Iqbal is a long-time resident of Elgin and is an attorney and civil engineer. He received his law degree from Northern Illinois University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago as well as a doctorate for civil engineering from Washington University. Mr. Iqbal acts as a public attorney for the Gail Borden Library Foundation and the Prairie State Legal Services.
Mr. Iqbal is also the Elgin Human Relations Commissioner as well as a Democratic Precinct Committeeperson in Elgin.
Tara Jacobsen has been a registered nurse for 30 years as well as a certified registered nurse case manager. She has been a resident of Dundee township for over 25 years and cites transparency, the environment, and fiscal responsibility as her issues of interest.
Chris Kious has been an activist in both partisan and non-partisan issues for the past ten years and has experience in both business management and small business ownership.
Kious is a member of the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce, a MoveOn.org resistance Summer Program Graduate and serves as the Chair with the Dundee Township Democrats.
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Kane County Sheriff
Ron Hain is a Sergeant with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked since 2003 in a variety of roles, including SWAT Team Assistant Team Leader, Narcotic K-9 Handler, Drug Enforcement Investigator, Interstate Crimes Interdictor, and Police Supervisor.
Ron has over 24 years of experience in law enforcement throughout the Chicagoland area and was twice named Deputy of the Year.
Kane County Clerk
Kane County Treasurer
Jason Snelson is a born and raised citizen of Kane County, who’s family moved to Elgin in the mid 80’s. Snelson has spent 20 years in management, specifically in the restaurant business. During that time, he served in many leadership roles including Chairman of the Public Safety and Hospitality Committee for the River North Residence Association.