Flurry of Congressional candidates expected to announce under new map not yet signed by Pritzker

(The Center Square) – A flurry of announcements from those vying to represent Illinois in Congress is expected in the coming weeks.

Some incumbents are preparing to keep their seats, despite the changing legislative boundaries.

Among those who’ve recently announced they’re going to run for congress is Democrat Kina Collins. She’s vying to take the 7th Congressional seat held by incumbent Democratic Congressman Danny Davis.

Collins laid out some of her priorities in a campaign video.

“We need a leader who will reject corporate money and fight for Medicare for all, Green New Deal union jobs, criminal justice reform and a future free of gun violence,” Collins said.

Vying for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announced Monday he’s running as a Republican for the 6th Congressional District.

“I will fight inflation and reduce taxes on hard-working Americans,” Pekau said. “Reckless spending by Democrats in Washington has led to the highest inflation since 1980 causing working families to struggle to keep up with rising gas and grocery prices.”

Michael Koolige for years hosted a syndicated radio program. He stepped down and announced last week he’s running for the 14th Congressional District seat.

“And I humbly ask for your vote in 2022,” Koolidge said, hoping to bring people together from political divisions. “I also ask you to keep kindness, love and unity in your hearts.”

Without any Republican support, statehouse Democrats passed new congressional districts. They sent the bill to the governor earlier this month. He has yet to act on it.

Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said he’s running again, despite the drastic changes expected in his district.

“It’s just terribly gerrymandered,” LaHood told WMAY last week. “My district changes. It moves me farther north. I keep the Peoria area, Bloomington-Normal, but I go north all the way to East Dubuque, Iowa. I go all the way to the Wisconsin border.”

Illinois loses a seat in Congress because of continued population decline.

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