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Jan Schakowsky (D)

Elected: 1998 (2nd term) Defeated Herb Sohn, R, to succeed Rep. Sidney R. Yates, D, who retired.
Hometown: Evanston
Born: May 26, 1944; Chicago, Ill.
Religion: Jewish
Family: Husband, Robert Creamer; three children
Education: U. of Illinois, B.S. 1965
Career: Senior citizens group director; consumer advocate; teacher
Political Highlights: candidate for Cook County Board, 1986; Ill. House, 1991-99 (floor leader, 1994-99); U.S. House, 1999-present
Committees: Financial Services ( Domestic Monetary Policy, Technology and Economic Growth; Housing & Community Opportunity); Government Reform ( Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations - ranking member; National Security & Veterans Affairs)
Address: 515 Cannon House Office Building, Independence and New Jersey Aves., S.E., Washington, DC, 20515-1309
Phone: (202) 225-2111
Fax: (202) 226-6890
E-mail: jan.schakowsky@mail.house.gov
Web site: www.house.gov/schakowsky

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated: April 05, 2000). To suggest updates and corrections: politics.feedback@cq.com

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Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999) AT A GLANCE
Major Industry | Population | Cities | People | Race | Median Household Income | Unusual Features

ILLINOIS 9 : Chicago - North Side lakefront and suburbs; Evanston

The 9th starts in the liberal suburbs of Evanston and Skokie and runs south through Chicago's multi-ethnic North Side, into one of the city's most prosperous lakefront neighborhoods. More than 70 percent of the district's population is white, with the remainder evenly divided among blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

Two-thirds of the district's population lives in Chicago. The neighborhoods of Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown are an eclectic mix of Asian, European and African immigrants. Southeast Asians, the area's newest arrivals, have opened shops and restaurants, revitalizing the area's economy.

Lakeview, the district's southernmost point, includes the city's largest gay population. The area around Wrigley Field, home of baseball's Cubs, has become a mecca for affluent young professionals.

The mix of immigrants, affluent urbanites and Northwestern U. students makes the 9th solidly Democratic. Although the "lakefront liberals" tend not to vote for machine candidates, they vote reliably Democratic. The district also contains a sizable Jewish population in the suburbs that candidates court, although issues such as aid to Israel rarely decide elections.

Major Industry
Health care, insurance, light manufacturing

571,611 (1990)

Chicago (pt.), 377,626 (1990); Evanston, 71,593; Skokie, 58,635 (1996)

100% urban; 16% age 65+ (ranks third of 20 in state; top third nationally); 42% married couples, 17% married couples with children; 37% college educated (ranks second of 20 in state; top third nationally); 71% white collar (ranks third of 20 in state; top third nationally), 16% blue collar (ranks 20 of 20 in state; bottom third nationally) (1990)

73% white, 12% black, 10% Asian; 9% Hispanic origin (1990)

Median Household Income
$32,183 (ranks 10 of 20 in state; middle third nationally) (1990)

Unusual Features
Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

Source: Congressional Quarterly (Updated April 1999)

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