Morrison Defeats Friedman in Il 29th State Senate Race

Democrat Julie Morrison has won the race against Republican Arie Friedman with nearly 53 percent of the votes


Arie Friedman confirmed that he has conceded to Julie Morrison. 

"Congrats to Julie," he said. "I have patients scheduled on Friday and I'm looking forward to seeing them."



Total Vote

Precincts Reporting

Julie Morrison (D)

54.49 45,278

141 of 141

Arie Friedman (R)

45.51 37,946

141 of 141


With all but seven precincts reporting, Julie Morrison just told a room full of supporters she has won the 29th State Senate race. 

"I am absolutely overwhelmed," she said. "Susan Garrett had the faith in me to ask me to run for her seat. I don't think there's a higher compliment in politics." 

"I'm going to be that independent voice I talked about," she added. "It's a tremendous a challenge to go down to Morrison, but it's an opportunity too. We're going to make it happen."


Julie Morrison has just walked into her election party to cheers, applause and a crowd chanting her name. 

"We're really close, just hang with me," she told the crowd.


With all 69 precincts reporting, but no early votes counted, Morrison leads in Lake County by more than 200 votes.


Julie Morrison has not arrived to her election party yet, but one of her field organizers, Joe Piasecki, just announced to the room, "We are very close in Lake County, but they have not counted early vote ballots."


With early results coming in from Cook County, Morrison begins to lead. 


As the first results come in from Lake County, the race is in a dead heat.


The race to succeed state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) in the IL 29th State Senate pits West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison againstHighland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman.

Earlier: Voters Decide 10th District Race Today

Before the polls opened at 6 a.m. today, more than 23,000 people had cast ballots either through in-person early voting or by mail. With a turnout exceeding 80,000 of the 29th State Senate District’s more than 110,000 forecast by campaign officials, that is more than a quarter of the vote.

As votes come in through the night, the totals in the table above will not include the early votes cast in the Lake County portion of the district, which is just over 60 percent, until 100 percent of the precincts are reporting.

Once all election day votes are counted, the early votes will be added to the total, according to Lake County Clerk Willard Helander.

The campaign actually began as soon as Garrett announced her retirement July 27, 2011. Within days Morrison announced her candidacy and Friedman followed suit by the end of August. Both have undergone political transformations over their careers.

Mara Meyer November 07, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Congrats Julie! Expect great things!
MS November 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Of all be the results last night I think this one has me the most baffled. What is wrong with the people of the north shore? Friedman was the easies decision I have ever had to make at an election.
Cole Pierce November 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Friedman was against everything that makes America great. Also his spray on toupee blinded me. Tea baggers don't do well in this part of Illinois. Pro life gun nut doctors who are against medicaid and medicare belong in Kansas. If you remember Arie took on Dold in the primary in 2010. He was destroyed. God bless Julie Morrison.
Gary November 07, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Cole, you are about to find out what made America great.... the hard way.
The Q November 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
More proof the Sheep were out in full force last night......
Dan Jenks November 07, 2012 at 06:48 PM
The editorial in the Tribune this morning is so on point, I highly recommend it. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-legis-1107-20121107,0,2900759.story With increased majorities in the State Senate and State House, for better or worse, the Democratic Party of Illinois now owns the financial mess in Springfield. Other than incompetency and failure to work together, there is no reason the Democrats shouldn't be able to come up with some sort of plan - other than kick the can down the road - to address these problems. I wish Senator Morrison and Rep. Drury good luck. I hope you focus the majority of your time on these important issues. I futher hope you communicate with us about how the process is going and what your ideas are for fixing some of these problems. I hope you have the courage to stand up to Cullerton and/or Madigan as needed if progress isn't being made on these issues.
Bringin' Down Briarwood November 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Yes, the Dems may now own this used car, but they weren't alone in beating it up - not by a long shot. Jenks, I have the same lack of faith that you do that Madigan and his crew can straighten this out. It's one of the reasons I voted for Friedman last night, although I don't like much of the crew he runs with. In the meantime, as I said in another thread, please push your guys to offer us good choices from the Republican party. These guys need to figure out how to govern and get accustomed to the idea that they can't have it all. Until that candidate emerges, the Republican party will continue to scream from the cheap seats. And that's not good for any of us.
The Q November 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Well Democrats IL is 100% yours.....you can pass any Bill you want, the Governor cannot veto you. You wanted it, you got it......not that you haven't really been in charge for the last 29 years but now there is no excuses, no one to point the finger at. For once put the people of IL first, our children, and our families. I wish you the best of luck for the sake of all of us!
Bringin' Down Briarwood November 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Hmm, 29 years? There were Republican governors for 20 of those years, but we'll just ignore that, right? Poor Jim Thompson, once discussed as a presidential candidate, obviously had no power. Neither did either of his practically-appointed successors. When everyone can 'fess up that this is a problem with both parties in this state, that would be a good start.
The Q November 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
@BDB Governors do not propose budgets or pass them......they guide the state. Madigan has been in charge for 29 years and the only thing stopping him or reason to compromise was VETO. Now even Quinn has no say. Casino Bill, its coming......along with anything else they want. They can either take this power and turn it around or more of the same......its up to them.
Dan Jenks November 07, 2012 at 08:02 PM
BDB, I'm an independent (formerly a RINO) - couldn't push the GOP if I wanted to. Agree with your point that the Republicans should neutralize some of the social issues rhetoric by nominating a candidate who promises no changes in the social status quo. Agree with you that both parties had something to do with the State of Ilinois. Don't understand - please explain if you do - how the Democrats could control all levers of government since George Ryan left in 2002 and yet not already "own" this situation? Judging by your vote for Friedman last night, I think you probably agree with me. I'm not a hyper-partisan - I don't care who gets credit for (a) fixing the pension mess, (b) paying our old bills and (c) getting our bond raing up. I think there are many different possible solutions - higher taxes, spending cuts, etc - just no one is willing to put a solution forth. But, first and foremost, it is the majority party - the Dems - duty to put something out there. But, for the life of me, I don't understand how people can keep voting Democratic at the State Senate/State Rep level and expect things to change. I get voting for Quinn - he has some ideas and some courage - but I've been waiting for several years for a "plan" to come out from Madigan/Cullerton. Judging by the DP of Illinois's ads this election, perhaps they stay in power by trying to scare people about choice and medicare...........
DeAnn Glover November 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I am a fiscal conservative and a social moderate so you see I am not a "Pro-life, Gun-nut, anti-Medicare, Medicade person, but I own a house in Kansas & will be moving there within a year. Why? Because Illinois is going broke, & we keep electing the same politicians over and over again. The State is owned by both the private sector & public sector unions, and no one on either side of the aisle seems to care. No one wants to get the pension crisis under control because that will cost them votes in the next election so instead of looking out for the good of the citizens of Illinois, they look out for themselves. Springfield is a mess and as a result so is Illinois. We need a change in leadership in Springfield. Madigan & Cullerton both need to go, and newer, smarter more moderate leadership is necessary or Illinois will go the way of California. The State will continue to lose business and corporations, and individuals such as myself cannot possibly be able to pay enough in taxes to keep this State solvent. Cole, go ahead and make fun of Kansas all you want, but it is not in disarray, it is solvent & except for the Presidential election, had no major contests on the ballot.
Bringin' Down Briarwood November 07, 2012 at 10:41 PM
First of all, Jenks, my apologies for making a quick judgement and assuming I knew your politics. And yes, the Madigan thing is a problem. Frankly, I think the Republicans should fund a campaign in his district. And I'd be surprised if you couldn;t get very strong bi-partisan support to get him out of there. Yes, I know it's a pretty unrealistic solution, but I haven;t seen better.
Bringin' Down Briarwood November 07, 2012 at 10:45 PM
My bad, Q. I didn't know my facts. In an attempt to respond to you, I looked up some numbers. I didn't know that $32B of the $40B was run up in the last eight years. Pretty disgusting. Please get a good candidate out there. It's not rocket science - fiscal conservative, social moderate. You'll get my vote.
The Q November 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
no worries.....most people don't know the facts, hence why we are in this situation. If people stopped and voted with facts in hand. Obama and all them Dems of IL would be gone today. I have no party affiliation. My vote is with the people of America, all i want is a brighter future for my children and others. IL is broke and busted.....and we just took the only check and balance out of the system, the Governors right to VETO.
The Q November 07, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Just wait till IL has to pay all these Obamacare bills.....that's when broke and busted becomes Bankrupt. Another reason these laws go into effect after the people who vote them in are gone.
phylis bagan November 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Dan jerks, and others that wrote here...you are SO right. We live in Madigan country...and just wait til you see how he wants to reposition the debt loads.... I have been amazed that people don't know this. Too late now
Michael Razar November 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
You are a mean-spirited ignoramus. Arie is one of the classiest guys to ever run for IL senate. I don't know Julie but I trust she will do her job as a Democrat to hasten the bankruptcy of IL. Cole, I hope you have a state pension so I can laugh when you lose it.
Ellen Lewis November 12, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Ellen Lewis November 12, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Hope you will give some thought to the teaching of your Catholic Church on abortion. I see you are a communicant and am scandalized by your life.


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