SPRINGFIELD - Of 20 possible Illinois Senate races next November, challengers for only a few filed for General Election ballot placement. Local parties have the option of appointing candidates, but unless that happens, the 2015 Illinois State Senate is likely to have a very similar appearance with 40 Democrats and 19 Republicans. Thus far, challengers in only five Legislative districts have filed:
- Republican Stefanie Linares is challenging Senate President John Cullerton (D-06)
- the winner of the 24th Senate District's GOP primary will face Democrat Susan Glowiak
- Republican Don Wilson is challenging Democrat incumbent State Senator Terry Link (D-30)
- Republican Neil Anderson is challenging Democrat incumbent State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-36)
- Republican Linda Little is challenging Democrat incumbent State Senator Andy Mahar (D-48)
- Larry D. Craddieth is challenging incumbent State Senate Mattie Hunter in the 2014 Democratic Primary.
- Jonathan Victor is challenging incumbent State Senator Napolean Harris in the 2014 Democratic Primary.
- Chris Nybo is vying against State Rep. Dennis Reboletti in the 2014 GOP primary to succeed State Senator Kirk Dillard, who is running for governor.
- Bob Galhotra is challenging incumbent State Senator Don Harmon (D-39) in the 2014 Democratic Primary.
One-third of Illinois Senate districts - 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54 and 57 - will be on the 2014 General Election ballot. Those elected next November will serve four year terms.