SPRINGFIELD - While incumbents overwhelmingly prevailed Tuesday, the Illinois House Republican Caucus will still have a crowd of new faces in 2015. In 2013, several House members have announced they were planning to retire in 2015, while others ran for higher office, leaving their House seats open in 2014.
GOP challenger Peter Breen defeated State Rep. Sandy Pihos in the 48th House district.
State Rep. Renee Kosel will be retiring in 2015 in the Republican-leaning 37th HD. Will County Board member Margo McDermed won a three-way primary Tuesday night.
Kane County GOP Chairman Keith Wheeler will succeed State Rep Kay Hatcher in the Republican-leaning 50th HD:
Real estate broker Mark Batinick will fill former House Minority Leader Tom Cross' 97th HD open seat.
State Rep Tim Schmitz will pass his Republican-leaning 65th HD seat to Steven Andersson.
State Rep Jil Tracy, who ran for lieutenant governor with Kirk Dillard, will be succeeded in Quincy by Randy Frese.
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti, who lost in his bid to fill State Senator Kirk Dillard's open seat, will be succeeded by Christine Winger in the Republican-dominated 45th HD.
Mike Bost's 115th HD open seat is likely to be filled by Murphysboro's Terri Bryant.
CORRECTION: State Rep Brad Halbrook is likely to be succeeded by Reggie Phillips, who won by 267 votes in the 110th HD.