Evanston attorney Jeff Smith plans to announce Sunday that he’s running for state representative.


Evanston attorney Jeff Smith plans to announce Sunday that he’s running for state representative.

Incumbent State Rep. Julie Hamos told constituents at the Shore Inc. annual meeting Tuesday that she’s planning to run for attorney general, in the expectation that Attorney General Lisa Madigan will run either for the U.S. Senate or for governor.

So, Smith will enter the race for what’s expected to be an open 18th District seat.

Smith has scheduled a meeting at the American Legion Post 42 hall at 1302 Central St. at 5 p.m. Sunday to make his formal announcement and has launched a campaign website.

The district runs along the lakefront from Touhy Avenue in Rogers Park to Glencoe.

The district overall has voted largely Democratic with 80 percent of the Democratic votes coming from Evanston.

Smith is a Northwestern graduate with a law degree from Harvard.

Best-known recently as president of the Central Street Neighbors Association, he once represented Evanston as Democratic state committeeman for the 9th Congressional District and failed in a bid for election as a Cook County Commissioner in 1994.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Send him to Springfield
    I think that the CSNA is a force for evil, so I don’t want Jeff Smith to win an election.

    On the other hand, if we send him to Springfield, he will have less time to ruin things in Evanston. And, as a freshman rep, he would largely be ignored and be under the thumb of the Speaker.

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