State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) is running for U.S. Congress and will seek to unseat U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.).

In a press release, Rezin said she filed a required statement of organization and declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission to run for Congress in the 14th District, which includes seven counties including Kendall and DeKalb.

Rezin won re-election in 2018 and is serving a four-year term. She would keep her Senate seat if she loses to Underwood in November 2020.

Rezin’s campaign for Congress will begin organizing and raising funds immediately, the release stated, but a formal announcement of candidacy event will the held later.

Rezin has served in the Illinois Senate since December 2010, when she was appointed to replace state Sen. Gary Dahl (R-Granville) after he abruptly retired mid-term.

The Senate appointment came just days after Rezin won a seat in the Illinois House, defeating state Rep. Careen Gordon (D-Coal City). Rezin was thrice reelected to the Senate.

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Tom Collins is the NewsTribune Senior Reporter. He can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or courtreporter@newstrib.com.

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