The National Republican Campaign Committee announced plans to put their weight behind State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) and former U.S. congressman Bobby Schilling in their respective House races. Senger is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-11), while Schilling is vying for his old seat, going up against U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17), who unseated him in 2012.
“Illinois is getting national attention as a key battleground, and it’s no surprise why: The voters of our state are fed up with the Democrats’ failures up and down the ticket,” said Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party in a press release. “Between the Democrats’ horrible economy, tax hikes, scandals, and ObamaCare, Illinois is desperate for a change.”
Senger and Schilling are joining former congressman Bob Dold, who is running in the 10th against U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider — who unseated him, and State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), who is going up against U.S. Rep Bill Enyart in the 12th congressional district, as "top level ... NRCC targeted races." According to the release, Larry Kaifesh, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-8) is in the group's “on the radar” category.
The Young Guns program was created during the 2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).