Dec 6, 2023 - Politics

Cook County and Illinois races to watch in 2024

Rep. Danny Davis, middle, with other officials at the Laborers International Union of North America Training Center in Chicago in 2022. Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The filing deadline for candidates to appear on the 2024 ballot is officially over.

Why it matters: Next year, Chicago-area voters will be choosing a new Cook County state's attorney and several congressional seats in both the March primary and the general election in November.

Let's look at those who have turned in their petitions.

Cook County State's Attorney

Incumbent Kim Foxx will not seek another term, so Democrats will have a competitive race to replace her in the primary, while the lone Republican will be perennial candidate Bob Fioretti.

State of play: Former prosecutor Clayton Harris III has the early backing of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and has worked for several high-profile Democrats, including former Gov. Pat Quinn and former State's Attorney Dick Devine.

Yes, but: Eileen O'Neill Burke also filed to run. The retired Illinois Appellate Court judge is also a former Cook County assistant state's attorney and has raised more money than Harris so far.

Of note: Former Illinois House Republican Leader Rep. Jim Durkin decided not to run.

Congress

Several candidates are lining up to run against incumbents across the state.

State of play: First-term South Side congressman Jonathan Jackson will run unopposed in the March primary. He was one of 17 candidates who ran for the office in 2022.

Yes, but: The one to watch will be on the West Side of Chicago. Incumbent Rep. Danny Davis is running for re-election, but five candidates have filed petitions to challenge the 82-year-old.

  • The list includes current City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and community organizer Kina Collins, who challenged Davis in a close election in 2022.

What's next: The Illinois Board of Elections will accept challenges to candidates' petitions until it certifies the ballots in early January.

Cook County Board of Review

Current board member Larry Rogers Jr. is running for re-election, but this time he has a significant challenge from Larecia Tucker, a relatively unknown real estate broker from the south suburbs.

  • Tucker is backed by Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi, who has regularly sparred with Rogers over property tax issues, much to the chagrin of taxpayers.
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