CHICAGO — Two of Illinois’ most watched state primary contests are happening in Chicago’s 5th House District and the Senate’s 50th District in Springfield and Jacksonville. Here’s a look at each of the candidates.
5th House District, Democratic primary
Incumbent: Ken Dunkin
Political background: Has served in the state House since 2002.
Challenger: Juliana Stratton
Political background: Most recently served as director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
50th Senate District, Republican primary
Incumbent: Sam McCann
Political background: Has served in the state Senate since 2011.
Challenger: Bryce Benton
Political background: Illinois State Police trooper with no prior experience in elected office.