Democrat Brad Schneider has lost his congressional seat in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District to Republican Robert Dold. “Tonight’s not the end, these issues aren’t going away, and come tomorrow I hope to see you all on the front lines fighting for the middle class, fighting for equal rights, fighting for the promise that all of our kids will have a better future than our parents gave to us,” Schneider said to cheers at his election party in Northbrook’s Hilton Hotel.
Schneider backers like Jerome Giacomara, of Waukegan, supported him because of his views on immigration reform and the economy. “He believes in the middle class. And he’s protecting everything that we work hard for,” Giacomara said. Expected to be one of Illinois’ closest races, Schneider’s concession speech was made earlier than expected.