Illinois lawmakers from Chicago, Marion decide to retire

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Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ A longtime Illinois lawmaker from Chicago has announced her retirement, while a defeated southern Illinois lawmaker has said he will step down early.

Democratic state Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago submitted a letter of resignation in late December but the Illinois House clerk didn’t receive it until Tuesday. Davis’ decision to retire ends a nearly 30-year career. She wasn’t contested in her re-election bid in November. The Chicago Tribune reports local Democratic leaders will choose Davis’ replacement.

And state. Rep. John Bradley of Marion’s spokesman says the six-term Democrat decided to leave office before his term ended. Bradley conceded the November election to Republican challenger Dave Severin.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports a 117th District committee met Tuesday and approved Bradley’s former district manager, Jim Kirkpatrick, to fill his remaining term.