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  James Meeks is the latest senator to not seek re-election
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Last EditedCOSDem  Nov 14, 2011 08:40pm
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MediaNewspaper - Chicago Sun-Times
News DateTuesday, November 15, 2011 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. James Meeks’ announcement he is retiring from the state Senate represents the latest tuck to the noticeable facelift the Illinois Legislature is undergoing leading up to next year’s elections.

The Chicago Democrat, who has been in the Senate since 2003, and his North Shore counterpart, state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston), are the sixth and seventh senators to announce plans to not seek re-election.

Historically, big turnover in the House and Senate happens once a decade with the redrawing of legislative boundaries, a process that often puts incumbents in the minority party in a landscape with which they are not familiar or that may be unfriendly politically.
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