Mike Madigan’s reapportionment of congressional seats resulted in the defeat of four Republican incumbents two years ago.
However, it gave McHenry County an incumbent who is in the U.S. House Republican leadership team.
His name is Peter Roskam.
He represents Algonquin Township in the southeastern corner of McHenry County.
Roskam is the Deputy House Whip.
That makes him number three behind House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
And, now Cantor has been defeated in his Richmond, Virginia, Republican primary election.
One commentator pointed out that “All politics is local.”
A Tribune story by Michael Meoli reported,
“The thing about Dave [Brat]’s message is he’s running on the Republican creed,”[23-year old campaign manager Zachery] Werrell said. “It was not the tea party candidate versus the establishment candidate, because if that were the case we would have gotten destroyed.”
Roskam was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1992, eventually advancing to the Illinois Senate.
He ran for Congress before reapportionment but lost the primary to fellow state legislature Judy Biggert.
When Henry Hyde retired, Roskam got the nod and defeated Tammy Duckworth in the 2006 fall election.