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Robbins pulls out of 11th Congressional District race

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 12:33 p.m. CDT

Lisle resident Craig Robbins on Wednesday said he was dropping out of the race for the 11th Congressional District because of time constraints.

“While I remain dedicated to serving the community, the state of Illinois and the country, several events have taken place that will make it too difficult to commit the time required to run a successful campaign through the general election in November,” Robbins said in a statement. “Due to a number of significant changes related to both my professional and military service obligations in 2014, I am unable to continue the campaign at this time.”

Robbins is a captain in the Illinois Army National Guard. With Robbins dropping out, that leaves Naperville businessman Bert Miller, conservative talk show host Ian Bayne of Aurora, Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema and state Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, in the running for the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary.

The 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, has held the seat since November after defeating former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert.

From 2008 to 2011, Foster represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Foster was defeated in November 2010 by then-state Sen. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield.

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