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WASHINGTON---Gov. Blagojevich set the dates to replace former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) who quit the House last month before the end of his term.

election to fill Hastert's remaining time in current term
primary Feb. 5
general March 8
winner will serve out term ending Jan., 2009

election to fill 4th congressional district seat
primary Feb. 5
general November.
winner will start two-year term in Jan., 2009

Release from Blagojevich.....

Gov. Blagojevich announces Special Elections to replace retiring Congressman Dennis Hastert

Primary election on February 5th, 2008;

Special General Election on March 8th, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the date for the Special Primary Election and Special General Election to replace retiring Congressman Dennis Hastert. Rep. Hastert submitted a letter to Governor Blagojevich announcing his resignation on November 26th. The Plano Republican served almost 21 years in the U.S Congress and was the longest serving Republican House Speaker.

Governor Blagojevich scheduled the Special Primary election on February 5th, 2008, Illinois’ regularly scheduled primary date, as requested by Rep. Hastert to minimize inconvenience to the voters in the counties in the 14th Congressional District. The Special General Election will be held on March 8th, 2008. The 14th Congressional District includes parts of Kane, Henry, Bureau, Whiteside, Lee, DeKalb, Kendall and DuPage counties.

The Governor’s Writs of Election, sent to each of the eight counties in the 14th Congressional District, is attached.

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