The 6th congressional district is home to more than 700,000 people in Chicago’s northwest, west, and southwest suburbs. More than 50 cities, towns, and villages are located wholly or in part within the district’s boundaries, which extend into Cook, Kane, DuPage, and McHenry counties.
The district’s 2018 congressional race is one of the most closely-watched races in the country, with Democrat Sean Casten running against the six-term Republican incumbent, Peter Roskam.
To learn more about Sean and his commitment to serving the people of the 6th, please read about his position on important issues facing the district, or find out how you can get involved and get the district the representation it deserves.
6th District at a Glance
Population (2016 est.): 722,323
Number of municipalities: 53
Largest city: Naperville
Major industries: Healthcare, financial services, retail, manufacturing, professional and services
The 6th district supports a large and diverse economy, with nearly 400,000 people working in thousands of places of business, ranging from global corporations to small corner shops. Each of the following industries employs 20,000 or more people in the district:
- Health care and social assistance
- Financial services
- Professional and scientific services
- Hospitality and food services
Sean Casten has a strong vision for expanding the district’s economy through investments in infrastructure and other key areas. Read about Sean’s position on economic growth for the details.
The population of the 6th district is highly educated– nearly 95% of adults have a high school diploma and more than 50% have a college degree, both of which are far above the national average. Many of the state’s highest-ranked public school districts are located within 6th, including the Naperville, Barrington, Indian Prairie, and St. Charles school districts.
The 6th district is also home to many colleges and universities, including North Central College, Benedictine University, Wheaton College, and the College of DuPage.
Click here for information on Sean Casten’s plans to expand early childhood education and improve the student loan process.
With several highly-regarded hospitals and hundreds of specialty clinics and physicians’ groups, the 6th district has excellent health care resources.
However, many people within the 6th district lack access to affordable care. According to Census Bureau estimates, more than 40,000 people in the district, including nearly 7,000 children, do not have health care.
Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have put thousands more at risk of losing their health coverage. More than 66,000 people in the 6th district could lose their health insurance if Republicans are successful in eliminating health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion.
Find out how Sean Casten plans to improve access to treatment and make our health care system work for everyone.