Patrick Keenan Devlin with supporters from the Evanston July 4th parade.

Patrick Keenan-Devlin Announces Patrick Keenan-Devlin announced his candidacy for state representative of the 18th District. “I am committed to charting a different course for Illinois, a new way that is effective, ethical, and equitable for the 18th District and all our citizens,” he said, adding, “I’ll champion real solutions, I’m not afraid to challenge what’s broken in Springfield, and I have the hands-on experience it takes to get things done.”

He has served as health policy advocate at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. He then became legislative director at Citizen Action/Illinois, the state’s largest public interest organization.

Mr. Keenan-Devlin says he believes his combination of “hands-on experience, passionate commitment to progressive values, and strong ties to the community has already earned him broad support.”  

He says he is “so proud to live in a state represented by Dick Durbin. Someone needs to bring Sen. Durbin’s [campaign] reform to Springfield.” In addition to campaign reform, Mr. Keenan Devlin sees increasing the income tax and restructuring funding for education as pressing issues. “We have a constitutional obligation to fund half of our education costs,” he said.

Mr. Keenan-Devlin said he remained in Evanston after his graduation from Northwestern University, because, “I fell in love with the community, with its values and progressiveness. I put down roots here.”

In the days to come, Mr. Keenan-Devlin says he will travel precinct-by-precinct through the 18th District to ask residents to help him chart a new way for Illinois.  For more information about his campaign visit


Evanston attorney and activist Jeff Smith and attorney Eamon Kelly have also announced their candidacy. In addition, retired Sixth Ward alderman Edmund Moran Jr. has said he is considering a bid for the seat.

Julie Hamos, the current State Representative from the 18th District, has said she plans to run for a “statewide office.” An announcement is expected shortly about her decision.