© 2024 Peoria Public Radio
A joint service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WCBU is committed to bringing you NPR's special coverage of the 2020 election.The League of Women Voters Greater Peoria and Fondulac District Library hosted a Candidates Forum on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.Click here to read about or listen to the forum. Local Races91st House District:Mark Luft (R)Josh Grys (D)92nd House District:Jehan Gordon-Booth (D)Chad Grimm (L) 46th Senate District:David Koehler (D)Mary Burress (R)

Koehler Defeats Burress In Race for 46th District Senate Seat

Fourteen-year Democratic incumbent Dave Koehler of Peoria is the winner of the race for Illinois’ 46th Senate district with 54% of the vote."We’re going to get through this together, you know, businesses have been severely damaged. We need to make sure that we can help and rebuild those businesses. people have been out of work we've got to really start helping our neighbors and helping our small businesses get stabilized again, because that's the backbone of this community," said Koehler.


Koehler first landed a seat in the Illinois Senate in 2006. He was last challenged in 2012 by Pat Sullivan, a Peoria businessman and developer. Sullivan received 46% to Koehler's 54% in that election. Koehler ran unopposed in 2016.

Koehler’s Republican challenger, Mary Burress, currently serves as treasurer for Tazewell County, a position she has held since 2010.

“It really truly was a great race. I want to thank each and every one of my supporters. I’m still treasurer, you know, I love serving the public. So the four year term that I have, I have two more years, so we will see what happens in two years," she said.

The 46th legislative district includes portions of Peoria, Tazewell, and Fulton Counties which includes the cities of East Peoria, Pekin, Canton, Lewistown, and most of the City of Peoria.

There's no subscription fee to listen or read our stories. Everyone can access this essential public service thanks to community support. Donate now, and help fund your public media.

Tory Dahlhoff is a freelance reporter based at WCBU. He's also the host of the food and farming podcast Food Trek.