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Illinois - 6th District

Incumbent -- Peter Roskam (R) ; Running for re-election

Safe Republican
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Just west of Chicago, the 6th includes northern DuPage County and northwestern Cook County. Residents are mostly wealthy, white-collar workers who live in the older, mostly built-out suburbs along commuter rail lines that run into the city.

Residents here, most of whom are professionals, commute both to Chicago and to the booming northwest satellite cities. O'Hare International Airport (an extension of the city of Chicago and the district's eastern border) is one of the busiest airports in the world and is the center of the 6th District's commercial neighborhood. Hotels and other businesses related to the travel industry, and firms seeking close airport access, are located nearby.

Plans to modernize O'Hare have been met with mixed results: Construction is expected to generate local jobs, but expansion of the airport and surrounding expressways has been met with opposition from residents in Bensenville and Elk Grove Village, as Chicago acquires land west of the airport.

After a decade of population shifts in Illinois, the 6th is now nearly one-fifth Hispanic. More than one-quarter of the Cook County residents in the 6th are Hispanic, and suburban communities in DuPage County -- such as Addison, Bensenville and Glendale Heights -- are becoming more racially diverse as their populations expand.

The district has a reputation as a Republican bastion, historically working in opposition to Chicago's Democrats. This is particularly true of DuPage, which accounts for nearly three-fourths of the district's population, but the Cook County portions of the district traditionally also have a conservative lean. Despite supporting Illinois Democrat Barack Obama with 56 percent of its vote in the 2008 presidential election, the district's brand of conservatism remains.

Major Industry

Airport, light manufacturing, health care

Cities

Wheaton (pt.), 52,890; Elmhurst (pt.), 44,121; Lombard, 43,165; Carol Stream, 39,711; Streamwood (pt.), 38,389; Addison, 36,942

notable

Barnes & Noble traces its beginnings to 1873, when Charles M. Barnes sold books from his home in Wheaton.

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