US Senate Race for Illinois - 2004

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Republican Candidates
Alan Keyes
Jack Ryan
John Borling
Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria
Andy McKenna
Jim Oberweis
Steven Rauschenberger
Jonathan Wright
Antonio Davis-Fairman
John Cox
Patrick O'Malley
Jim Durkin

Democratic Candidates
Barack Obama
Gery Chico
Blair Hull
Estella Johnson-Hunt
Dan Hynes
Maria Pappas
Nancy Skinner
Joyce Washington
Frank Avila
Matt O'Shea
John Simmons

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Black - Potential Candidate
Green - Active Candidate
Red - Lost
Orange - Candidate has dropped out or is not running


Steven Rauschenberger - Republican

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Steven Rauschenberger
Occupation State Senator 22nd District
Company Assistant Minority Leader
Age 46
Marital Status Married
Address Rauschenberger for Senate Exploratory Committee
36 West Randolph Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone 800-322-VOTE
Fax (847) 622-0948
Education 1978 - William and Mary with a BBA in Accounting
Notes Steve Rauschenberger is the State Senator from the 22nd District. He was first elected to Senate in 1993 and was appointed to the Senate Republican Leadership team in 2003 as Assistant Republican Leader.

While he was chief budget negotiator for the Senate Republicans, Senator Rauschenberger negotiated multi-billion dollar state budgets, which have provided millions of dollars for schools, vital state programs, and local road and infrastructure improvements without a tax increase.

Endorsed by Thomas Roeser

Rauschenberger was charged with driving under the influence in 1994. According to reports at the time, he was pulled over by Hanover Park police, and a breath test showed he had a .12 percent blood alcohol level, just more than the .10 legal limit at the time.

Senator Rauschenberger chairs the Committee on Appropriations and also serves as a member on the Committees on Environment & Energy; Illinois Growth Task Force; and Public Health & Welfare.

Former furniture retailer from Elgin.

Rauschenberger said: "I’m the only [Republican] candidate . ..who has passed a bill or done a budget. The other candidates considering running are certainly bright people, but they’re kind of bored, second-career people looking for something to do who assume the entry level into politics is the U.S. Senate."

Called by nationally syndicated columnist Bob Novak ''a rising star.

State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger said he is more than 80 percent he will run, but is putting off a final decision until late July or early August.

"I've run into nothing yet that discourages me," Rauschenberger said. "The big challenge is whether we can pull together a fund-raising plan that we can execute."


Chicago Tribune: Make room under tree for Ryan wrap-up Open Link in New Window - Cached
LEADER EXCLUSIVE: John Cox explains withdrawal, endorsement of Rauschenberger Open Link in New Window - Cached
Rauschenberger touts experience in U.S. Senate race campaign stop - w h i g . c o m Open Link in New Window - Cached
Senate hopeful admits trying marijuana Open Link in New Window - Cached
Fox Valley leaders get behind Rauschenberger - Daily Herald Open Link in New Window - Cached
Berkowitz - Steve Rauschenberger interview Open Link in New Window - Cached
Senate hopeful Rauschenberger aims to 'move beyond Ryan years' Open Link in New Window - Cached
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Rauschenberger fires U.S. Senate campaign staffers Open Link in New Window - Cached
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