Schoenberg to endorse Biss for state senate


State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg is scheduled tomorrow to endorse Daniel Biss to succeed him in the 9th Legislative District seat.

Schoenberg, who has held the Senate seat since 2003, announced in November that he would not seek re-election, and would instead concentrate exclusively on his career in philanthropy. Biss is currently state Representative in the 17th District.

"Daniel has the intellect, integrity, and independence that the residents of the North Shore demand of their public officials, and I'm confident we'll all be exceptionally proud to have him represent us as our state Senator both here in the community and in Springfield," Schoenberg said in a statement released by the Biss campaign.

Biss filed nominating petitions for the senate race on Nov. 28 with 3000 signatures. 

Biss has previously received endorsements from from U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, state Rep. Robyn Gabel, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen.

The 9th Legislative District includes all or parts of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Wilmette and Winnetka.

Meanwhile, Marc Levine, of 905 Greenleaf Ave. in Wilmette, has filed to run as a Republican for the 9th District seat.

Neither Biss nor Levine face any challengers for their party's nomination in the March primary.

In the race to succeed Biss in the 17th District state house seat, Laura Fine of Glenview, the Northfield Township clerk, and attorney and community activist Jeff Smith of Evanston will compete for the Democratic nomination. Kyle Frank, of 4125 Enfield in Skokie, is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

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