SPRINGFIELD - After petition objections were settled at the State Board of Elections, six State House candidates either withdrew or were removed from the Republican March 18th primary ballot. Once twenty, the number of 2014 House intra-party contests is now down to 15.
- In Chicago's 9th House District, Republican candidate Carlos Alvarez was removed, leaving Myles Lloyd Tobin as the Republican to face incumbent Democrat State Rep. Arthur Turner of Chicago.
- In the 15th House District, two Chicago Republicans - Evelyn Mazzucio and Brad Dahlgren - were removed from the primary ballot. Area Republicans may appoint a fill-in candidate after the primary.
- Veteran State Rep. Mike McAuliffe, the only GOP lawmaker representing a Chicago district, was able to battle challenger Michael Yorty from the primary ballot. Thus far, no Democrat has entered the race.
- The Quad Cities' 71st HD GOP primary was settled when Orion's Jeff McKinley withdrew from the race and endorsed his primary opponent Jim Wozniak of East Moline, who will face Democrat incumbent Mike Smiddy in the November General Election.
- Incumbent State Rep. David Leitch of Peoria's 73rd HD was able to remove his GOP challenger Mark Zalcman of Chillicothe from the primary ballot.