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Illinois - 9th District

Incumbent -- Jan Schakowsky (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
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

The 9th starts in upscale Wilmette (shared with the 10th), runs south through the liberal suburbs of Evanston and Skokie and Chicago's multi-ethnic North Side, and then drops into one of the city's most prosperous lakefront neighborhoods. It also extends west to blue-collar Des Plaines (shared with the 6th and 10th districts) and Rosemont (shared with the 6th), which is crisscrossed by expressways and has numerous hotels, entertainment venues and convention sites.

After a decade of population loss in the city, Chicago now accounts for only 43 percent of the district's residents. The neighborhoods of Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park -- home to Loyola University Chicago -- once housed Eastern European and Irish immigrants, but are now an eclectic mix of Asian, European and African immigrants. Uptown in particular has seen rapid gentrification, and residents are divided over redevelopment of what had been a working-class area. The 9th also has the state's largest percentage of Asian residents, and the district's suburbs, namely Skokie, contain a sizable Jewish population. The district includes a significant elderly population as well.

Young professionals have moved into the area near Wrigley Field (in the adjacent 5th), and most of the other Chicagoans in the 9th live in the far northwestern part of the city, near O'Hare International Airport (in the neighboring 6th). Some Park Ridge residents have opposed plans for the modernization of O'Hare because of expected air traffic noise increases.

Most jobs are concentrated in a few major industries. Northwestern University provides the bulk of jobs in Evanston, and health care also is a major employer as many residents work at several area hospitals.

Ranging from the very wealthy to the very poor, the mix of immigrants, affluent urbanites and college students make the 9th solidly Democratic. Barack Obama took 72 percent of the district's 2008 presidential vote.

Major Industry

Health care, higher education, insurance, light manufacturing

Cities

Chicago (pt.), 271,403; Evanston, 74,486; Skokie, 64,784; Des Plaines (pt.), 41,569; Park Ridge, 37,480; Niles, 29,803

notable

Tinkertoy sets were invented by an Evanston stonemason in 1913.

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