Voters, who needs you? – chicagotribune.com

17 Aug

Dave Winters, an 18-year Republican member of the Illinois House from the Rockford area, announced last year that he would not seek re-election. His decision prompted three challengers to jump in the race to succeed him.

That part we liked.

Voters had the opportunity to vet Winters’ replacement via the March primary election. Republicans picked John Cabello, a Rockford police detective, and Democrats chose Carl Wasco, a Rockford alderman. They will compete Nov. 6 for the House seat.

So far, still good.

But then a funny thing happened. Winters, whose term wouldn’t end until January, decided to step down early, creating a vacancy in his 68th District. Republican officials chose Cabello earlier this month to fill the spot. Fewer than 90 days from Election Day, Cabello is the Rockford area’s newest state representative. Come Nov. 6, he hopes to win the post for two more years. More…

via Voters, who needs you? – chicagotribune.com.

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