Kimberly A. Lightford, incumbent

Party: Democrat

Age: 38

Campaign Headquarters/Contact: 1127 S. Mannheim Road, Suite 114, Westchester, Ill., 60154. Phone: 708-343-7444. Email: lightford

Profession: State Senator

Education: Western Illinois University, B.A. Public Communications and Human Relations; University of Illinois at Springfield, M.S. Public Administration.

Experience: State Senator, 1998-present. committee assignments: Financial Institutions (vice-chairwoman); Sen. Comm. Whole; Approp I; Higher Education; Labor; Fin. Inst. Predatory Lending (Sub-Chairperson); Subcommittee on NCLB; Education (chairwoman).

Lightford’s campaign did not respond to requests for information on the cadidate’s platform.

Antoinette Ruback, challenger

Party: Republican

Campaign Headquarters/Contact: 1011 South Mayfield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60644. Phone: 773-287-7659.

Ruback’s campaign did not respond to requests for additional information on the candidate.