After an all-out war where the political mafia threw over a million bucks into getting Linda Holmes elected as a state senator previously against Terri Ann Wintermute, this time, the race has been far more quiet as Peter Hurtado challenges the incumbent, working hard to knock her out with old-fashioned retail campaigning and meeting voters.
The 42nd State Senate District includes portions of Aurora, Naperville, North Aurora, Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder Hill.
Holmes, who moved to Plainfield and voted to increase taxes for Illinois, has not waged a high-profile campaign and has a few hundred thousand dollars in the bank if she wanted to spend it.
She lists her accomplishments as finding ways to waste millions of taxdollars into Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's park project that was supposed to be privately-funded.
Meanwhile, her challenger is Peter Hurtado, a business owner, who mission is to be fiscally responsible in Springfield and more involved in the community.
As Illinois is engulfed in an ethical and leadership crisis and appears to be headed off a fiscal cliff, Hurtado wants to change things while Holmes says she will continue to do more of what she has been doing.
Marie Wilson of the Daily Herald adds and reports: