A former prosecutor eyes run in the 15th congressional district

A former state’s attorney is eyeing a run in the Illinois 15th Congressional District.

Chris Quick, a Danville Republican, who served one term as state’s attorney in Wabash County and one term as state’s attorney in Lawrence County, is collecting the 987 signatures required to make the ballot next year, he confirmed to the Belleville News-Democrat.

However, the 54-year-old has yet to formally launch a campaign as he waits to see whether state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, decides to run.

“If some big name like that gets in, the rest of us should pack our bags and go home,” Quick said.

He said running for Congress has been a dream of his since he was a child.

“I’ve always wanted to run for Congress. I never thought I would have the opportunity in my lifetime,” Quick said. “I know Southeastern Illinois … I lived here my entire life. I know the people and want to represent them in Congress. I think it would be an honor.”

Republicans from around southern and central Illinois have looked at running in Illinois’ 15th Congressional District because U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is not running in the 2020 election.

The heavily Republican district includes all or parts of 33 counties, including Collinsville in Madison County, but mostly covers southeastern Illinois to the Kentucky and Indiana borders.

So far only Alex Walker, of Mattoon, has formally launched a campaign on the Republican side.

On the Democratic side, John W. Hursey Jr. is running for the seat, as is Kevin Gaither of Charleston.


Why did we do this story?

The November 2020 election may be more than a year away, but candidates are starting to organize and begin the process to appear on the ballot. On Sept. 3, candidates were allowed to begin collecting signatures on petitions that are required to appear on the March 17 primary ballot. Official filing of petitions is scheduled from Nov. 25 through Dec. 2. The BND will cover the important steps leading up to the election as part of our role in giving you information that will help you participate in civic life and be a watchdog of the candidates and the election process.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referenda.