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Election

State roundup: Terra Costa Howard defeats Peter Breen in 48th House; 21st Senate remains too close to call

While some Illinois House and Senate races offered definitive winners Nov. 6, one race remains too close to call.

In the 21st Senate District, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican incumbent Michael Connelly holds a mere 12-vote lead over Democratic challenger Laura Ellman.

Connelly, who was first elected to the seat in 2012, has 47,476 votes to Ellman's 47,464, according to unofficial results.

The district represents parts of DuPage and Will counties.

In the 42nd House District, Wheaton Republican Amy Grant defeated Democrat Kathleen Carrier of Carol Stream in the race to fill the open seat vacated by former state Rep. Jeanne Ives.

Grant garnered 25,762 votes, about 53 percent of the vote, to Carrier’s 22,930 votes, or 47 percent, preliminary numbers show.

In the 46th House District, Democrat Deb Conroy retained her seat.

The Villa Park resident defeated her Republican challenger, Gordon "Jay" Kinzler of Glen Ellyn, garnering 17,834 votes to his 12,833, according to initial poll returns.

The race in the 48th House District saw Democratic challenger Terra Costa Howard of Glen Ellyn defeat two-term Republican Peter Breen of Lombard.

Unofficial results show Costa Howard with 25,483 votes, enough to defeat Breen, who garnered 22,724 votes, according to unofficial results.

The race wasn’t nearly as close in the 82nd House District, where House Republican Leader Jim Durkin easily defeated Democratic challenger Tom Chlystek of Darien. Durkin picked up 28,739 votes, or about 62 percent of the vote, across Cook, DuPage and Will counties to Chlystek’s 17,500 votes, or about 38 percent, preliminary numbers show.

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