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Candidates File for Ill. Primary

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Just one day after candidates could begin filing their nominating petitions for the  primary election next March, some contests are shaping up for the Quad Cities and northwestern Illinois.

Two republicans would like to challenge 17th District democratic Congresswoman Cheri Bustos - both Mark Kleine of Galesburg and Bill Fawell from Galena filed on the first day, Monday, at the State Board of Elections. 

There are at least two candidates for Rock Island County Sheriff who filed with the county clerk on Monday - current sheriff Gerry Bustos and former sheriff Jeff Boyd. Boyd was elected in 2010, but resigned four years later after being accused of harassing a woman. He was replaced by Bustos.

Several incumbents have filed to run for re-election, and so far do not have primary opponents - State Senator Neal Anderson from Andalusia, State Representatives Mike Halpin from Rock Island and Tony McCombie from Savanna, and a democratic challenger for McCombie, Joan Padilla from Sterling.

The candidate filing period ends next Monday (12/4). 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.