Grosskopf Out of 97th District Race

Will, Kendall Democratic officials will form committee to name a new candidate.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Dennis Grosskopf, who was slated to face Plainfield businessman Mark Batinick in November, has confirmed he will not run for the 97th District state representative seat, according to the Herald-News.

Grosskopf, a teacher in the Minooka High School District and teacher's union president, told the paper that due to his current roles, he doesn't have the time necessary to devote to the campaign. He also serves as treasurer of the Democratic Organization of Troy Township.

Assistant Will County State's Attorney Moira Dunn is reportedly in the running to replace Grosskopf on the ballot.

Dunn, who lost the March primary for Will County second subcircuit judge, wouldn't confirm or deny that she will be on the November ballot. Her name was listed as a Democratic candidate on a flier for a May 28 meet and greet in Springfield.

After Grosskopf officially withdraws from the race, the Will and Kendall County Democratic organizations will form a committee to formally choose a replacement.

State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) currently represents the 97th District, but is not seeking re-election and is instead running against Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) for state treasurer.

Whoever replaces Grosskopf will run against Batinick, who defeated fellow Republicans Amanda Mancke and Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman in the March primary.
Raquel June 16, 2014 at 02:12 PM
I wonder who will replace him? Hmmm... Could it be... Moira Dunn-- the same Moira Dunn that was reported as being the replacement for Grosskopf in another article last week?
Plainfield First June 16, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Wonder who it could be? Oh, wait a minute. Didn't PTRO tell us this would happen? Didn't they tell us who it would be? Moira Dunn. Madigans hand picked lackey that he pushed Grosskopf out of the race for.
Raquel June 16, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Oh! Yes... there will be a board that will decide who will take his place. Who will they choose? Let's see now... "The meeting will come to order. Who are we going to choose to replace Grosskopf? Moira Dunn? Ok. All those in favor say Aye. Opposed? No? Ok, Moira Dunn it is. Meeting adjourned. Who's up for a beer?"


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