The 59th Legislative District winds from south of Lake Cook Road in Wheeling all the way up to parts of Waukegan. One could say it was gerrymandered ("Terry-mandered?") to benefit the State Senator who designed it (being one half of the 30th Senate District), Terry Link, by diluting the imapct of some GOP-favored areas in the 59th like Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Mettawa, with more Democratic strongholds like Waukegan.
Today, the Daily Herald came out for Green Oaks attorney Dan Sugrue, who ran for this seat in 2008, when popular incumbent State Rep. Kathy Ryg made this quite a challenge.
Sugrue wins the Daily Herald endorsement for his plan to attack Illinois' financial mess by cutting most state spending by 10 percent, eliminating commissions like the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, reforming the state employee pension and Medicaid systems, and reining in education and correctional spending.
Now the battlefield is a little different, with Ryg having resigned this year to take an executive director position with a public interest organization, and the Dems nominating businesswoman Carol Sente to the post. Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstien, who had indicated his desire to be apppointedm wasn't taking that lying down, so he is running against Sente in the Dem primary.
Hartstein, not Sente, was endorsed by the Herald on the Dem side, and a Hartstein win would make Sente a lame duck, which would set up a battle for a truly open seat.