Kalnicky Wins 98th District Race

A Fountaindale Library Board member and head of the Community Service Center, Kalnicky wins spot on November ballot.

Democrat Natalie Manley, a Joliet accountant and political newcomer, ran uncontested in Tuesday’s primary, but Republicans and battled it out to see who would oppose Manley come November.

Under new legislative maps approved last year, the 98th House District includes portions of Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Plainfield and Crest Hill.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Kalnicky looks to be the winner over Silosky, a Plainfield Township Republican precinct committeeman.

As results rolled in, Kalnicky was joined by supporters at in Romeoville.

"So far, so good," he said early in the night, saying his plans were to shift his focus to the November general election.

"I plan to take the same message out about fiscal responsibility, not just to the Republican voters who came out today," Kalnicky said, saying he plans to "bring fiscal sanity back to Springfield."

After weeks of pounding the pavement and knocking on doors, however, Kalnicky had more immediate plans Tuesday night.

"Catch up on sleep tomorrow," he said with a laugh. "[It's been] non-stop, a lot of long days," Kalnicky said of the campaign. 

"But it's been rewarding," he said. "The feedback has been great from people. It goes back to [the fact that] the state needs to change course."

After learning he was the projected winner, Kalnicky said he was humbled.

"Being for the first time in a race at this level, I was nervous," he said. "Monday night, I was confident that we had done everything we could to get the message out that we wanted to get out, and the voters chose me ... It's a very humbling experience."

(55/55 precincts reporting)


Vote Total


Bob Kalnicky



Janet Silosky



Editor's Note: Results will not be final until April 10, when canvassing of votes is completed, along with tabulations for absentee, provisional and grace period ballots.

Noreen Rosenbaum Blair March 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Am I the only one who finds it funny that the two clowns that are posting negative comments are named "Tom and Jerry"..... Congrats Bob!! You deserve the win!
jaskie1505 March 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Noreen, totally agree with you. Thought of it but when Tom and Jerry started getting kinky with all that touchy feely stuff I decided not to go down that path. Go BOB.
Bob Jonas March 21, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Great job Bob. Love to see the same percentages in your victory come November.
Conservative March 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
When are people going to realize that this state run by democrats has the highest taxes, gas prices, and liabilities in the Union? More of the same and the voters get what they deserve. Keep up the good work Dems and serve me up a nice Cold Glass of Kool-Aid!
Plainfield Conservative March 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Realize? We've realized a l-o-n-g, l-o-n-g time ago. Unfortunately, when we live in a sanctuary city where more people are dependent upon the government, rather than an employer, for a paycheck...we can only expect more of the same for years to come.


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