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NBC Chicago says that Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson(D-Olympia Fields) is exploring running in the special election in the Illinois 2nd to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.   Olympia Fields is in the 2nd district, and there seems to be a heavy field of candidates that want to run.   Some establishment Democratic officials are saying "coll your jets" to those who want to run, presumably so Rahm Emmanual can stick his pick for that seat.  I would rather see the best possible candidate win, and one that lives in the district.   Some of the other floated candidates don't live in the 2nd like former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

State Senator Hutchinson currently enjoys great ratingsfrom the Illinois AFL-CIO(92% Lifetime as of 2011, 100% on positions in 2011) and surprisingly the NRA(92% as of 2012).   The NRA is a Republican interest group so that may change if she is elected to Congress.

Hutchinson's voting record includes a yes vote to anti-bullying legislation, voting yes to smart grid, voting yes to abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, and voting yes to Medical Marijuana.  However, she did also vote yes to expanded gambling and voted noto requiring plastic bags to be recycled.  

As far as bills that State Senator Hutchinson has mainly sponsored: at least one of them concerned domestic violence.

I will have to keep an eye out for exactly who ends up running to replace Jesse Jackson Jr, but a 39 year old African-American woman with a good voting record and who lives in the district sounds like a good one to me.   Since I don't live in Illinois, I would like to hear local feedback about who they think should represent the Illinois 2nd.

EDIT 3:56 P.M EST:   I edited out my erroneous assertion that Crete is part of the 11th(Crete is where former [U.S] Representive Debbie Halvorson lives.).  I was going by Wikipedia and I checked the Govtrack.us 2012 district lines and Crete is part of the 2nd district.   I apologize for my error there.

Originally posted to pistolSO on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM PST.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  There's about 9 that local pundits are speculating (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, anastasia p

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 12:33:49 PM PST

  •  Stroger, Jr. May Run But He Can't Win. Is Kwame (1+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO

    Raoul interested?

    •  Kwame Raoul lives in the IL-01 (2+ / 0-)
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      Chitown Kev, majcmb1

      Since Wikipedia says Raoul lives in the Kenwood/Hyde Park area, and I checked the 2012 lines on govtrack for IL-01 just to be sure.  So yeah, Raoul doesn't live in the 2nd district.

      I am interested in seeing Raoul run for higher office someday though.

    •  I'm not sure if Raoul (2+ / 0-)
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      pistolSO, majcmb1

      lives in the district...Isn't he in Bobby Rush's district?

      (FYI-Raoul replaced Barack Obama's state Senate seat and I do know that Tweety Matthews loved having him on Hardball during the Blago mess).

      •  Yes, Raoul is in Bobby Rush's district. (1+ / 0-)
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        Chitown Kev

        I made sure to check(and I hope my other comment saying that he shows up).

        •  But Living In The District Hasn't/Won't Stop (1+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus

          Halvorson, right?  I know this isn't an authoritative cite but:

          Although Representatives are not required to live within their districts, the new map draws the homes of at least five Republican incumbents into districts where they will have to run against other Republicans, and others into districts which strongly favor Democrats.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/...
          •  One does not need to live in IL-2 to run there (2+ / 0-)
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            majcmb1, pistolSO

            One must be an Illinois resident (not neccesarily an IL-2 resident), be at least 25 years old, and have been a U.S. Citizen for at least 7 years at the time of the IL-2 special election in order to be eligible to run.

            Here's Article I, Section 3, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution:

            No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

            Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

            by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 11:21:22 PM PST

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      •  It is so hard to know. (0+ / 0-)

        My sister was in Rush's district but is now in Jackson's. She didn't move; the district line moved to the other side of Hyde Park Boulevard. Ugh.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 01:55:23 PM PST

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  •  The primary will be a free for all who ever wins (1+ / 0-)
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    eeff

    it will most likely be a congressperson for a long time, I don't think anyone will be a power broker in this race.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 01:57:51 PM PST

    •  That was kind of what happened in my district (5+ / 0-)

      when our congresswoman died suddenly in August 2008. Everyone knew that whoever got picked to be on the ballot by the executive committee of the county Democratic Party (which included me) would be in the position as long as he/she wanted to be (Republicans don't fair well in this district, which Obama carried by something like 50 points). So there was a lot of jockeying. There were some power brokers who anointed someone, but ultimately she was probably the best choice. She has turned out to be extremely effective and is the new leader of the Congressional Black caucus.

      Openings like this certainly cause a circling of the buzzards.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 02:51:11 PM PST

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    •  That won't stop Rahm from trying (3+ / 0-)
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      pistolSO, Odysseus, DownstateDemocrat

      I'm assuming he's going to back Halvorson because of her past experience, but if he can find some other Dem who'll toe the line correctly, that'll probably be his choice.

      From what the diarist writes about Hutchinson, I like what I hear: Good age, good race/gender mix, good overall voting/bill-writing record, and I can live with the negative votes she's made.

      "If you're going to go down with the ship, make it a submarine." - Wayne Shorter

      by Oliver Tiger on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 03:58:35 PM PST

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  •  Rahm can kiss my ass! (2+ / 0-)
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    tcdup, JGibson

    However, if Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked candidate wins, I will completely lose it. Rahm is a Blue Dog who has WAY too much power over Illinois politics.

    It's about damn time that true progressives take back the Illinois Democratic Party from Mike Madigan and Rahm Emanuel! This is the perfect opportunity to do so!

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 07:24:01 PM PST

  •  I've heard Rickey Williams Jr.'s name floated (1+ / 0-)
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    JGibson

    ...by an unnamed Democratic party operative in Vermilion County (no part of which is in IL-2). Williams is a Danville alderman who is anti-gambling and anti-LGBT, so I wouldn't be surprised at all if evangelical groups try to push for him to run in the IL-2 special election as a Democrat despite living very far outside of the district (Danville is in the northern part of IL-15, by the way).

    We don't need evangelical groups ratfucking Democratic primaries for carpetbaggers.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 07:32:29 PM PST

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