Lottery determines Senate terms for November election
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2012 9:02PM
Updated: July 6, 2012 10:11AM
SPRINGFIELD — Less than six months before Election Day, candidates vying for state Senate seats found out exactly how long they’ll be serving if they win election.
State senators serve either two- or four-year terms, depending on an every-10-years lottery, which was overseen Thursday by Secretary of State Jesse White.
Over a decade, each Senate seat has two four-year terms and one two-year term. The rotation of terms is set in place by the lottery.
The following seats in the Fox Valley and DuPage County will serve a two-year term first, followed by two four-year terms:
33rd District: Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay of St. Charles is the Republican nominee for the seat. No Democrat candidate filed. Incumbent Dan Kotowski, a Democrat from Park Ridge, is instead running in the 28th District.
The following seats will have two four-year terms first, followed by a two-year term:
22nd District: Incumbent Michael Noland of Elgin is the Democratic nominee. No Republican candidate has filed.
25th District: Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove is the Republican nominee. Corinne Pierog of St. Charles is the Democratic nominee for the seat. Incumbent Sen. Chris Lauzen is running for Kane County Board chairman.
28th District: Daniel Kotowski of Park Ridge, the 33rd District incumbent, is the Democratic candidate. Jim O’Donnell of Park Ridge is the GOP nominee. Incumbent John Millner of Carol Stream is not seeking re-election.