Brad Schneider gives concession speech, thanks supporters for hard work

Brad Schneider with wife Julie and sons Daniel and Adam during his concession speech on Tuesday night.
Brad Schneider with wife, Julie, and sons Daniel and Adam during his concession speech on Tuesday night. Ramsen Shamon/MEDILL

By Ramsen Shamon

Democrat Brad Schneider has lost his congressional seat in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District to Republican Robert Dold. “Tonight’s not the end, these issues aren’t going away, and come tomorrow I hope to see you all on the front lines fighting for the middle class, fighting for equal rights, fighting for the promise that all of our kids will have a better future than our parents gave to us,” Schneider said to cheers at his election party in Northbrook’s Hilton Hotel.

Jerome Giacomara, of Waukegan, felt "jittery" as he waited for polling results.
Jerome Giacomara felt “jittery” as he waited for polling results. Ramsen Shamon/MEDILL

Schneider backers like Jerome Giacomara, of Waukegan, supported him because of his views on immigration reform and the economy. “He believes in the middle class. And he’s protecting everything that we work hard for,” Giacomara said. Expected to be one of Illinois’ closest races, Schneider’s concession speech was made earlier than expected.