Republican Sue Rezin is heading back to Springfield to represent the 38th District in the Illlinois State Sentate.
Rezin was able to earn 46,790 votes to Democratic opponent Christine Benson's 40,367. Results are unofficial.
The 38th District encompasses portions of Kendall, Grundy, LaSalle, Putnam and Livingston counties, stretching from Plano/Yorkville/Oswego in the north to Streator in the south and from Channahon-Minooka/Grundy County in the east to Bureau Junction to the west.
Rezin, 50, has had a quick ascent in Springfield, having been elected to the Illinois House in November 201 and then appointed to the 38th District Senate just a month later.
Locally, the Morris resident served on the Nettle Creek School Board and has been active in a variety of local nonprofit groups, serving on the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Grundy County and We Care of Grundy County and working for 20 years with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois.
She is married, with four children, and manages her family's real estate business.
Benson, 60, an Ottawa resident, has never held elected office but has had a 26-year career as an educator and currently serves as superintendent of the Streator Elementary School District.
She has been a member of numbers professional organizations, including the Illinois Music Educator Association, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the American Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.
Additionally, she has served Mendota Community Hospital, the Ottawa YMCA and the Mendota Education Foundation boards of directors.
She is married with two grown children.
Both women have advocated for issues close to their hearts -- Benson pushing for greater attention to be paid to education issues and funding and Rezin focusing on repealing the huge tax increase passed two years ago, which she says has hurt both businesses and residents.