Of the 40 seats up for election this year in the Senate, 13 are contested:
Of 40 a mere 13. An Illinois Blues moment. Really?
As in a Democrat town hall meeting in Oak Park, July 17, 2013, reported in Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters.
A Certified Public Accountant shifted tone considerably, urging [Sen. Don] Harmon to “do something about corruption in our very corrupt state.” He specified “gerrymandering” and complained, “The way it’s set up, candidates know they will win,” continuing at length in this vein.
“Each of us is vulnerable in a primary,” Harmon said. When an opponent surfaces, he might have added. [Rep. Camille] Lilly, appointed in 2010, had run unopposed in primary and general elections in 2012 and would do so again in 2014. Harmon had run unopposed in the general every year but one since he was elected in 2002.