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Hamos to leave Evanston

State Rep. Julie Hamos is announcing today that she will run for the U.S. House from the 10th Congressional District.


State Rep. Julie Hamos is announcing today that she will run for the U.S. House from the 10th Congressional District.

The decision, already evident on her website, is scheduled to be formally announced this noon in Highland Park.

Hamos, who now lives in downtown Evanston — part of the 9th Congressional District, has represented the city since 1998.

But about a third of her state house district is within the 10th Congressional District. She reportedly plans to move into the 10th as soon as she can sell her condo here.

Hamos will be seeking to replace a Republican, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, who said last week that he will run for the U.S. Senate.

Democrat Dan Seals of Wilmette, who challenged Kirk in 2006 and 2008, last week said he’ll make the congressional race again. And Hamos will also face primary competition from Elliot Richardson, an attorney from Highland Park and Michael Bond, a state senator from Grayslake.

Hamos, 60, had been considering a run for statewide office, but reconsidered that after State Attorney General Lisa Madigan decided to run for re-election.

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