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Illinois Primary Filing Deadline

Residents of Illinois' 17th Congressional District will have plenty of choices when they vote in the June primary election. Monday was the deadline to file and by 5 pm, two Republicans and seven Democrats had filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot.

For the GOP both candidates are from East Moline, Charles Helmick Jr. and Esther Joy King - she ran in 2020, and lost to retiring incumbent Cheri Bustos.

The seven Democrats include three from Rockford, Litesa Wallace, Linda McNeely, and Jonathan Logemann. Two are from Moline, Eric Sorensen and Angie Normoyle. Marsha Williams is from Channahon, and Jacqueline McGowan lives in Palos Hills.

There are three candidates who have filed for the Illinois Senate from the 36th District, Republicans Glen Evans, and Mike Thoms, both from Rock Island. The lone Democrat is Mike Halpin from Rock Island who now serves in the Illinois House.

In the 47th Senate District, only Republican Neil Anderson from Andalusia has filed for a place on the June primary ballot.

In the 71st State House District, incumbent Republican Dan Swanson from Alpha will run against Matthew Rauschert from Avon. The lone Democrat is Christopher Demink from Sherrard.

In the 72nd House District there are two Democrats from East Moline, Jeff Deppe and Gregg Johnson, and one from Rock Island, Thurgood Brooks. The lone Republican is also from Rock Island, Tom Martens.

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. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.