Hurley enjoys Windy City windfall in victory

  • Written by Bob Rakow


State Rep. Fran Hurley won her first bid for re-election to the state legislature Tuesday, by unofficially defeating challenger Victor Horne by a 2-1 margin in the 35th District race.




With all but four precincts reporting, Hurley received 23,087 votes to 11,708 garnered by Horne.




Hurley, who first won election in 2012, ran a neck-and-neck race with Horne in the suburban portion of the district, where she beat the conservative Republican by less than 200 votes.




Hurley captured 8,523 votes, or 50.6 percent, to 8,324 ballots cast for Horne, or 49.4 percent, according to unofficial results.




The trend was similar for state Sen. Bill Cunningham, whose 18th District includes the 35th District.




Cunningham defeated challenger Republican Shaun Murphy by more than 10,000 votes, but narrowly lost the race in the suburbs.




Hurley, like Cunningham, lives in the city, and she has Chicago voters to thank for returning her to Springfield.




Chicago voters turned out overwhelmingly for Hurley, a former 19th Ward aldermanic aide, casting 14,566 votes, or 81 percent, in her favor. Horne managed only 3,384 votes, or 19 percent in the city.




The 35th District includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Morgan Park. The suburban portion of the district includes all or parts of Alsip, Merrionette Park, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Park and Worth.




Neither Hurley nor Horne could be reached for comment on Tuesday night.




Horne is a lifelong South Sider and a Beverly resident. He served in Vietnam and became an ordained minister following seminary education at Aenon Bible College and has done that for nearly 20 years.


A political newcomer, Horne is a volunteer Bible teacher at Cook County Jail and has worked for more than 15 years as a compliance investigator for the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


Horne said his first priority would be to advocate for economic growth, which he believes would lead to greater fiscal responsibility, a reduction in spending and a demand for integrity and accountability from state leaders. 




Additionally, Horne said, he would support for programs and support projects that strengthen marriages, build strong families and protect the sanctity of life.


Hurley, meanwhile, touted her record of accomplishments and her willingness to reach across the aisle in Springfield to advance legislation.




She stressed that focused on initiatives that benefitted the community such as backing a bill that closed a loophole in the criminal code by barring convicted sex offenders from privately owned play areas, such as the ones commonly found in McDonald’s or Burger King.