Ribeiro to challenge Schakowsky in primary


U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston now has a challenger in the Democratic primary as she seeks an 8th term in Congress.

Simon Ribeiro, who drew about 2.5 percent of the general election vote as a Green party candidate for the seat in 2010, filed petition signatures in Springfield shortly before the Tuesday afternoon filing deadline to take on Schakowsky

Ribeiro, of 510 Sheridan Road, says on his campaign website that he grew up in Evanston, has college degrees in pollitical science, history and secondary education, and is a teacher at a Catholic high school.

Ribeiro says the income tax is the most fair and equitable tax and all other forms of taxation should be abolished. He says investment income should be taxed at the same rate as wages. And he wants lower tax rates for low and middle-income earners and higher rates for top-income earners.

He also favors a single-payer healthcare system, major changes in the banking system and a system of national licensing for everything from drivers licenses to professional certifications.

Schakowsky faced her toughest election challenge to date in 2010 when she rolled up nearly two-thirds of the vote, with the rest split between Ribeiro and Republican Joel Pollak, who isn't running this time.

She won 75 percent of the vote in 2008, and her lowest previous result had been 70 percent in 2002.

Two candidatesSusanne Atanus and Timothy Wolfe, have filed to run in the Republican primary for the 9th District.

The district, redrawn following the 2010 census, now includes more northwest suburban neighborhoods which traditionally have leaned Republican, in contrast to Schakowsky's base in Evanston and wards on the north side of Chicago, which have heavy Democratic majorities.

The new boundaries of the 9th Congressional District.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report has predicted that despite losing one congressional seat as a result of population shifts from the 2010 Census, Illinois is likely to swing from having 11 Republican and 8 Democratic representatives in Congress now, to having 7 Republicans and 11 Democrats, based on the new maps drawn up by the Democratic controled state legislature.

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