Democrat Laura Fine easily beat her Republican opponent, Kyle Frank, for the Illinois House Dist. 17 seat currently held by Democrat Daniel Biss, who successfully claimed the Senate seat held by retiring Jeff Schoenberg.
With 85 of 86 precincts reporting, Fine held a commanding 30,727 to 16,176 vote lead in unofficial returns.
Jubilant supporters of Fine packed a party room at the Wildfire Restaurant in Glenview, where Fine’s husband, father, and son were among the celebrants.
Fine, whose district runs from northwest Evanston to Northfield, gave credit to her supporters who posted campaign signs in their yards, sponsored coffees with their neighbors, and knocked on doors throughout the newly revised district that encompasses traditionally Republican as well as Democrat areas.
After redistricting, the Evanston portion was expanded somewhat but still represents only a small part of the district.
Frank, meeting with a more subdued group of supporters at the Gusto Italiano Ristorante in Glenview, blamed the lack of money and support from the Republican organization for his loss.
His campaign manager, Martin Zeidman, said the party had pretty much written off the election to the Democrats when Biss pulled out to run for Schoenberg’s vacated seat in the Senate.
Frank said the election points up the need for state money to help finance election campaigns.
Top: Laura Fine with her son, Jacob, at the victory party in Glenview.