Natalie Manley Defeats Bob Kalnicky for 98th State Representative Seat

Both Manley and Kalnicky were newcomers to the state house race in the newly created 98th district.

Democrat Natalie Manley will become state representative of the newly created 98th district. 

Manley defeated Republican Bob Kalnicky for the seat, receiving 23,314 votes. Kalnicky received 15,015 votes. The 98th district includes Bolingbrook and Romeoville. 


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Bob Kalnicky of Bolingbrook serves on the Fountaindale Public Library board and is the executive director of the Community Service Council of Northern Will County.

Natalie Manley is a Joliet accountant and co-host of WJOL's "Lynne, Mary and Natalie" show. 

Kalnicky was endorsed for the position by the Chicago Tribune, the mayors of Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Romeoville, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business, among others. 

Both Kalnicky and Manley received thousands of dollars of support from their respective political parties. Manley said that despite the amount of money she has received from Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, she would not owe Madigan in her political career. She would represent the people of the 98th district, not Mike Madigan, Manley told a group at Grand Haven in Romeoville this fall. 


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Their race had taken a nasty turn, with Kalnicky issuing an ad (complete with a photo of handcuffs) attacking Manley for a May 2012 domestic battery arrest — despite the fact that the case was dropped in August and, ultimately, no charges were filed. Some voters said they found the ad offensive, and Joliet Mayor Thomas Giarrante issued a statement chastising Kalnicky.


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Bob Jamesly November 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Not a personal, family issue when it hits the Patch or Herald news. Public then. Battling Natalie did it all to herself and with some help the charges were dropped. Typically the facts are distorted by you lefties. We see it all the time. Like the bogus claims made by the WWJ. But you remain our favorite socialist
Barb Smith November 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Manley is a tool. She will accomplish nothing in Springfield. Lousy Democrats are doing nothing but ruining this state.
Bill Turner November 08, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Well, that is interesting since every problem needs a tool to fix it. Manley is our fix-it-tool!!
Bob Jamesly November 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Tough love goes to Springield!!!!!!
Michael "Mike" Keniley November 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Congratulations to my friend and fellow Democrat, State Representative-elect Natalie Manley...I am sure you will do a great job for your district!!


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