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Durkin Takes Landslide Victory in 82nd District

The incumbent Republican representative defeated challenger Laura Reigle with 75 percent of the vote.

There will be a familiar face on the November ballot for the Illinois House’s 82nd District.

Incumbent won the district’s Republican nomination with , defeating challenger .

No one ran in the 82nd District Democratic primary, which means Durkin will be running unopposed in the general election, barring the appointment of a Democratic candidate.

“We’ve got significant challenges ahead of us,” Durkin said Tuesday night. “I’m honored Republican voters in the 82nd District have confidence that I’m the best candidate to represent their interests in Springfield.”

With the primary over, Durkin said the Illinois General Assembly now faces a month-and-a-half of tough discussions as they work to balance the state’s budget. He said he plans to continue to prioritize pension and Medicaid reform.

“Everything else pales in comparison to how we will be able to rein them in,” he said.

Durkin served as a state representative for the 44th District from 1995-2002, at which point he ran for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket against Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. He returned to the Illinois House midterm in 2006 when he replaced retiring Rep. Eileen Lyons in the 82nd District, where he has served since.

Reigle could not be reached Tuesday after final election results came in. Her campaign manager, Bill Montgomery, spoke on her behalf.

“We’re disappointed, but you know what? Tomorrow is a new day and we intend to march ahead,” he said.

Earlier in the evening Reigle said at her campaign headquarters that she would continue to fight for education reform.

“In essence, you often can accomplish nothing locally,” she said. “It needs to be at the state level.” She did not rule out running for office again.

In addition to her role as a Democratic committeeman in Downers Grove Township, Reigle has served as president of the Pleasantdale Voluntary Civic Association. She also describes herself as a “consultant to taxpayer groups concerned about education.” 

The 82nd District of the Illinois House includes parts of , , Woodridge, , Homer Glen, La Grange and Western Springs. 

Jim Larson March 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I agree with Mr. Douglass that Laura Reigle, Bill Montgomery and the Lemont Tea Party should continue to spend their time and money supporting Reigle. Keep wasting money on a sure-bet losing effort. An interpretation of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results. School board election loss followed by a State Rep loss would tell most sane and rational people something. Something like maybe I am not cut out to be elected to public office. Or getting a lawsuit dismissed time and time again would tell most sane and rational people something. Something like maybe this lawsuit is frivilious and has no merit and I should stop taking tax payer money out of the classroom.
Jim Larson March 21, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Ann Paul, your logic is so completely flawed here but coming from you that is no surprise. For every four people who voted yesterday 3 people voted for Durkin and 1 person voted for Reigle. So 75% of the voters support what Durkin is doing. So using your asinine logic in your arguments above, 3 out of 4 voters DO NOT support term limits. 3 out of 4 voters DO want Illinois taxpayers to bail out the College Illinois Program, etc. That is what elected officials are supposed to do represent the wants, needs and interests of the MAJORITY of his or her constituents. Durkin is doing that based on a landslide, historic, 75% majority vote yesterday.
William Douglass March 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM
"...neither the DuPage Tea Party of the Homer Lockport Tea Party (or any tea party for that matter) endorsed her." ____ The Lemont Tea Party has done a tremendous disservice to the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party has a legitimate platform of ideas (whether you agree with them or not) that has been run into the ground in this town for no reason other than the people who run it, and the deeply flawed candidates that are supported by it.
Mary Van March 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
You can believe that all you want......there will always be people who vote for each side, and there will always a winner....in this case, the win was an enormous win. What hurt Mrs. Reigle the most was the fact that many didn't believe she was a republican, due to the fact of her Democratic status. Now, people change party lines all the time, however, she changed after she file for this candidacy. It was all too fishy, I could not believe her, and that hurt her campaign. The lawsuit was also very detrimental. Two elections, and two big defeats.
Scott Jacobs March 30, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Congrats to State Rep. Jim Durkin on his reelection to the Illinois House. Laura Reigle has been exposed as a fraud, liar and fake Conservative who has no right running as a Conservative. She is a Democrat masquerading as a conservative. Guess what Laura you may have fooled the Lemont Tea Party but you didn't fool anyone else. The Lemont Tea Party is a complete failure for supporting you and your campaign. Bill Montgomery you have burned a lot of bridges by attaching the Lemont Tea Party to Reigle. Both you and Laura need to understand that actions speak louder than words. Watch this video to see a true local Patriot tell explain why Laura Reigle and the Lemont Tea Party are terrible liars and can't be trusted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fNPS0H4ODU Way to tell em Steve! Forward this video link to anyone who doesnt know the truth about Reigle.

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