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Two More Democrats Announce for Illinois' 17th District

Eric Sorensen and Litesa Wallace
Sorensen and Wallace campaigns.
Eric Sorensen and Litesa Wallace

The list of Democrats running for Congress from Illinois's 17th District just got a lot more crowded. Two more people have announced their candidacy - Eric Sorensen of Moline, and Litesa Wallace from Rockford.

Sorensen is a native of Rockford who worked as a meteorologist for 11 years at WREX-tv in Rockford, and 7 years at WQAD-tv, Channel 8, in the Quad Cities. He says he'll use his expertise as a climate communicator to fight for Illinoisans on environmental justice and more in Washington.

Litesa Wallace attended Western Illinois University and received her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in Educational Psychology. She has worked as an educator and an activist, co-founding the Rockford Anti-Racism Network, and served three terms in the Illinois House.

Already in the race for the Democratic nomination are Rock Island County Board member Angie Normoyle and Rockford alderman Jonathan Logemann.

Illinois' 17th district is currently represented by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Moline who's going to retire next year.

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.