With his wife, Lakshmi Kelly,(left), former State Senator Carol Ronen (second from right)and Brandon Neese (right), Eamon Kelly announces his bid for state representative of the 18th legislative district.

 Evanston resident Eamon Kelly announced his candidacy for Illinois‘ 18th District House seat on July 18 at BooCoo Cultural Center, 1823 Church St.

Mr. Kelly said wants to bring a new generation of progressive leadership to a political system in Illinois that he says is mired in gamesmanship and infighting.

“To be able to represent the communities where I grew up, went to school and have now started a family of my own is a very thrilling prospect. Our community needs strong progressive leadership now more than ever. Springfield is a mess right now. … We have the same crises we had four years ago. We’re living through [the movie] ‘Ground Hog Day.’”
He added, “Our state budget is in shambles. We are borrowing to fund a deficit and not paying for what people need. … I look forward to going down to
Springfield to fight for a long-term budget fix that puts people before politics and demands greater transparency and accountability from our state.”

 Mr. Kelly said he and his wife, Lakshmi, “talked about it and said, ‘This is a crazy time to go to Springfield. This is a good time to go to Springfield.” He also said that when he spoke to some Evanston Township High School students, “They asked me, ‘What are you going to do to make a change?’ I asked them. ‘What are we going to do to make a change?’”
 The 18th District includes
Evanston, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Rogers Park, Wilmette and Winnetka. Rep. Julie Hamos said she will not run for reelection, but will seek a state-wide office. Her campaign staff said she would make an announcement about that shortly.