State Senator Jeff Schoenberg, left, endorses State Representative Daniel Biss for his seat in the state senate. Sen. Schoenberg announced last month that he would not seek re-election at the end of his term. Rep. Biss will run unopposed in the Democratic primary.

At a press conference at the Orrington Hotel on Dec. 7, State Senator Jeff Schoenberg passed the torch to Daniel Biss, endorsing him to assume the seat in the state senate. In October, Sen. Schoenberg, who has served in the state legislature since 1990, announced that he would not seek reelection.  Mr. Biss is presently the state representative for the 17th legislative district.

In introducing Sen. Schoenberg, Rep. Biss said the senator “had built his career on finding way to make the operation of government more transparent and more effective.  These qualities are more needed now than ever.”

“I feel like the older brother who is handing off the keys to a sports car to his younger brother,” Sen. Schoenberg said.  “I have great confidence that Daniel Biss will provide the kind of representation that this community demands,” he added. Send. Schoenberg also said that when he announced his retirement he said he would not become involved in choosing a successor, but a “clear choice” emerged among political and civic leaders. “I am proud to support the community’s choice. Daniel Biss has the intelligence, the integrity and the independence to [do] very effective job in the Illinois Senate.” In this time of uncertainty about the economic situation and the climate of distrust of government, Sen. Schoenberg said, “we need smart people with independent judgment like Dan who will put Illinois back to work, ensure that our children are well educated and ensure that the people of Illinois have access to quality health care.” 

Since the state’s legislative districts have been redrawn, the 17th legislative district now covers the majority of Evanston. Evanston attorney Jeff Smith is seeking the seat that Rep. Biss will vacate at the end of his term.