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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Biss – like Schoenberg on Israel?

    I wrote a letter to Sen. Schoenberg indicating my concern with his trips to Israel. He was instrumental in passing state legislation that allows Illinois to buy Israel debt, a very bad idea since Israel is violating international law, recognized by the United States, in the territory it occupies.

    Within the past couple of weeks a suit has been filed in Minnesota challenging that state's similar practice of buying Israel bonds. Since the Illinois legislation passed, Illinois has been steadily buying $10 million or more per year (except for 2007) of Israel debt. $12 million was purchased in 2010

    Sen. Schoenberg has been silent, not responding to my email or my registered letter to him.

    When I found out that Mr. Biss would be running for Schoenberg's office, I immediately emailed him asking if he would be continuing Sen. Schoenberg's attention to the needs of a foreign country by his actions in office.

    I have not received a reply. With this endorsement of Biss by Schoenberg, I suspect the same policy of working for Israel while in office in Illinois will apply. If so, it is not a good thing.

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