Cappel favored to win 49th Illinois Senate seat

Democrat Meg Loughran Cappel is favored to win over Republican Tom McCullagh for the 49th Illinois Senate District based on unofficial vote results reported in Will and Kendall Counties.

On late Tuesday evening, Cappel had 60,706 votes and McCullagh had 48,070 votes, with all precincts reporting in Will and Kendall counties.

In a statement, Cappel said she’s proud to have run “a values-driven campaign focused on the issues most important to working families like mine: equity in public education, access to quality, affordable healthcare, and the rights of our workforce.”

“No matter what the future holds after tonight, communities like those in the 49th give me faith in what lies ahead for the American people,” Cappel said. “Tonight, they overwhelmingly chose pragmatism over radicalism, vision over vitriol, and consensus-building over bridge-burning.”

The two candidates are vying to represent the moderate district seat held by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, who is running to be the next Will County executive.

Cappel, a teacher and Joliet High School District 204 Board of Education member, has pushed to ensure adequate education funding, protect pensions and implement ethics reforms.

McCullagh has pushed for lowering the tax burden on residents and promoting trade schools. He’s also focused on tying his opponent to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, whose ties to a bribery scheme with the utility company Commonwealth Edison prompted calls for his resignation.

While Cappel has said Madigan resigned if the allegations were true, McCullagh still criticized her for taking money from same union groups that have donated to Madigan’s campaign.

Madigan was not charged and denies wrongdoing.

Cappel also slammed McCullagh for hypocrisy for having former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appear at one of his fundraisers. Blagojevich spent time in prison for his efforts to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he became president.

The 49th District includes all or parts of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.

via | Kendall County Record

November 4, 2020 at 07:03AM

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