The Illinois Representative Race at District 72 features three well-known faces from Rock Island | elections

District 72 for a state representative in Illinois will see three well-known members of the community face off in the June 28 primary.

Democrats Thurgood Brooks, Jeff Depp and Greg Johnson will vote. No Republican candidate was submitted.

Current Representative Mike Halpin, D-Rock Island, is running for the 36th State Senate.

The general elections will be held on Tuesday, 8 November.


Brooks, 29, is a Martin Luther King Center family advocate and assistant football coach at Rock Island High School.

Graduated from Western Illinois University at Macomb with a BA in History.

Brooks is an activist, community activist, and organizer. He is a founding member of the Rock Island Human Rights Commission, a member of the Rock Island County NAACP, and was selected for the 2021 Rock Island Citizen of the Year for his work in the community.

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Brooks ran for mayor of Rock Island in the April 2021 mayoral election, losing to incumbent Mayor Mike Thoms by nearly 200 votes.

“You have to do what you feel is right,” Brooks said when he announced his candidacy for District 72.

“Change begins with people working together from the bottom up and who have decided to take a stand in a unified way. What I discovered in my efforts in Rock Island is that people share our vision because they represent the masses, and the energy behind what we do has driven us to move forward to represent the people of Rock Island County”.

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Jeff Depp, 52, is the Democratic Vice President of Rock Island County and a member of the Rock Island County Board of Directors, representing District 9. He was appointed to the county board in 2015 and elected in 2016, and currently serves as the chair of the county administration, Health and Administration Committee.

Depp serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of Local 309 Workers (Leona) and was elected vice president of the Quad City Federation of Illinois in May 2021. He is a member of the boards of Arrowhead Youth and Family Services and the Bi-State Regional Committee.

“I’m running for state representative because I’ve lived in Rock Island my whole life, paid taxes and worked building infrastructure,” Depp said when he announced his candidacy in September. “I’ve been a labor leader, working to create blue collar jobs in this region.

“I feel my time with the county council has been beneficial, and I’d like to take my leadership skills to the next level.”

Greg Johnson


Greg Johnson, 58, retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections after 32 years, working as a corrections officer and then a supply supervisor while holding a leadership position in his local union.

He has always been a proponent of organized labour. He currently works for a small business that provides financial compliance and other services that help union officers fulfill their responsibilities to their membership.

Johnson ran for the 36th seat in the state Senate in 2018, losing narrowly to incumbent Republican Neil Anderson.

“I’m really interested in that community,” Johnson said when he announced his candidacy for District 72 in November. “I’ve grown up and spent my life working here. I understand what it means to raise a family and pay property taxes in Illinois. One of the things I’ve learned from my community is that you don’t get anywhere without hard work.

“I promise no one will work any harder to serve the people of Rock Island County and District 72.”

Johnson is also active in nonprofit work and community service. He recently partnered with the Moline Community Development Organization and East Moline School to start the Strong Readers Make Stronger Leaders program, which provides free books for children; He worked on the Ad Hoc Committee of the Kiwani Center for Juvenile Justice.

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