Linda Holmes easily won her bid for re-election to the Illinois Senate, taking down her Plainfield challenger to the 42nd District seat by more than 3,500 votes.
With just two precincts yet to be counted in DuPage County, Democrat Holmes had received 12,159 votes to the 8,588 cast for Peter Hurtado, a Republican and Plainfield Township Park Board member.
While Hurtado beat Holmes in Will County, taking 1,413 votes to her 1,257, the reverse was true in Kendall and DuPage counties.
The bulk of the district is in Aurora, which is Kendall County, but it also encompasses parts of Joliet, Plainfield, Oswego, Montgomery, Naperville and North Aurora.
Holmes, 53, a state senator since 2006, launched her elected political career in 2004 when she won a seat on the Kane County Board/Kane County Forest Preserve District board. She and her husband live in Aurora.
Hurtado, 53, was elected to the park board in 2010. He and his wife have three children.