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The race in the 48th District is a rematch of the 2018 contest between Terra Costa Howard and Peter Breen, a race Costa Howard won by a slim margin.
Costa Howard has impressed as a freshman legislator. The Glen Ellyn Democrat was involved in an unsuccessful effort to get a Fair Maps redistricting question on the November ballot. The initiative would change the way legislative maps are drawn.
She also called for House Speaker Mike Madigan to step down as speaker of the House and head of the Democratic Party after he was implicated in the ComEd bribery scandal, a decision she made after gauging the opinions of her constituents via social media and personal interaction.
Breen, a Republican who served two terms in Springfield, has mounted an aggressive campaign.
He’s called for ethics reform, including term limits for legislators, and a ban on lobbying by former legislators. He’s called for a ban on red light cameras. Breen is campaigning to modernize state government whereby communicating with the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security or or any state department would be as simple as shopping online.
Breen has some good ideas, but he has focused much of his campaign on attacking Costa Howard, which leads to a divisiveness of which voters have grown tired.
Costa Howard is endorsed.
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October 9, 2020 at 07:04PM