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Gabel to be sworn in Sunday

Robyn Gabel, who won a five-way primary race in February for the state house seat representing Evanston, is scheduled to be sworn into office Sunday.

The swearing-in will take place after a pro-forma vote by the three Democratic party committeemen representing portions of the district.

Robyn Gabel, who won a five-way primary race in February for the state house seat representing Evanston, is scheduled to be sworn into office Sunday.

The swearing-in will take place after a pro-forma vote by the three Democratic party committeemen representing portions of the district.

Gabel will take office several months ahead of the fall general election in which she faces no Republican party opponent.

The move was triggered by the appointment Friday of incumbent State Rep. Julie Hamos as director of the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

Local party leaders are billing the gathering Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Levy Center as a joint celebrarion of the appointments of Hamos and Gabel.

Hamos decided to not seek re-election and lost her primary race for the 10th District U.S. House seat.

Meanwhile, the Libertarian candidate for the 18th District house seat, Steve Funk, plans to spend all day Thursday, tax day, at the downtown Evanston post office seeking petition signatures needed to win him a place on the fall ballot.

Funk notes that state rules require candidates who aren’t affiliated with one of the major parties to collect five times as many petition signatures to win a spot on the ballot as the number required of major party candidates.

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