Southland incumbents legislators Thaddeus Jones, Justin Slaughter hold strong leads in Democratic primaries. – Chicago Tribune

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Incumbent legislators in two south suburban Illinois House districts were enjoying comfortable leads in Tuesday’s primary election, unofficial results show.

In the 29th House District, which Thaddeus Jones has represented since 2011, he was maintaining a comfortable lead over challenger, Calumet City 2nd Ward Ald. Monet Wilson.

With 94% of Cook County precincts reporting, Jones had 79% of the vote to 21% for Wilson, unofficial results show.

Jones is the first Black mayor in Calumet City’s history, while Wilson is the first Black woman elected alderman in the city.

With no Republican candidate filed, the duel between Jones and Wilson may determine who represents the district.

Both were elected to their city offices last spring. Before his election as mayor, Jones was the first Black alderman of the suburb’s 3rd Ward.

The district includes parts of Chicago’s South Side as well as all or parts of Calumet City, Crete, Dolton, Ford Heights, Glenwood, South Holland, Steger and Thornton.

Illinois Rep. Justin Slaughter speaks before Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed HB 3653, a sweeping criminal justice and police reform bill Feb. 22, 2021 at Chicago State University. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

In the 27th House District, Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, had 75% of the vote compared with 25% for Jasimone Ward, of Alsip, according to the Cook County clerk’s office, reporting 94% of precincts in.

The district extends slightly into Will County, where Slaughter was also leading Ward, according to unofficial results.

No Republican has filed, which would make the winner of the June 28 contest the November victor by default, barring a new party, write-in or appointed GOP candidate entering the race.

The district includes portions of Chicago’s Southwest Side and all or portions of Alsip, Blue Island Crestwood, Midlothian, Orland Park and Palos Park.

Slaughter was appointed in early January 2017 following the retirement of Monique Davis, who had represented the 27th since 1987. Slaughter won election to a full term in 2018, and faced a write-in candidate in the March 2020 primary before winning reelection.

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In the 36th House District, incumbent Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Evergreen Park, ran unopposed, but two Republicans were vying to challenge her in November.

Robbie Katherine Segina, of Oak Lawn, is a retired workers’ compensation specialist and Sheppard, of Evergreen Park, previously worked for 30 years for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police and is police chief in Robbins.

Unofficial results, with 95% of precincts reporting, showed Sheppard with 64% of the vote and Segina with 36%.

In the 16th Senate District, incumbent Rep. Jacqueline Collins is not seeking reelection and is among the Democrats competing for the Democratic nomination in the wake of the retirement of longtime representative Bobby Rush.

Competing for the Democratic nomination in the district are Willie Preston and Lamont Raymond Williams.

The district includes Chicago communities such as Auburn Gresham and Chicago Lawn as well as all or parts of suburbs including Bridgeview, Burbank, Hickory Hills and Oak Lawn.

Unofficial results, with all precincts reporting, showed Preston with 52% of the vote to 48% for Williams.

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June 28, 2022 at 09:57PM

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