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Candidate Filing Deadline Passes in Illinois

Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) has filed paperwork to run for both Cook County Board president and for re-election in 2010, as the candidate filing deadline passed Monday at the Illinois Board of Elections. Davis, who has said he will pick a race by the Nov. 9 deadline to withdraw petitions, was one of several candidates who filed by the Monday evening deadline to run for Congress in his district in the Feb. 2 primary. Several Democrats who are interested in running for Davis’ seat also filed, including a couple of elected officials: Chicago Alderwoman Sharon Dixon, Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti, former state Rep. Annazette Collins, state Sen. Rickey Hendon, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Darlena Burnett and 2006 candidate Jim Ascot. If Davis runs for re-election, he is expected to keep his seat.Monday’s filings also showed every announced candidate for Senate submitted signatures for the race. Former Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Robinson Jackson (D) was the last of the major candidates to file her signatures Monday because her spokeswoman said she wanted to ensure she was last on the ballot. Rep. Mark Kirk, the likely GOP Senate nominee, was one of nine Republicans who filed for the race. Others who filed included real estate developer Patrick Hughes, who has already put $250,000 of his own funds into the race. With the exception of Kirk, every House Member filed for re-election in Illinois. Among the cadre of challenger candidates, there were also no big surprises. Rep. Melissa Bean (D) has attracted several GOP challengers this cycle, including businessmen Dirk Beveridge and Christopher Geissler, as well as Long Grove Village President Maria Rodriguez. Although Bean’s district is competitive for Republicans, none of the filers is considered a top-tier challenger to the three-term Congresswoman. Several Republicans also filed to challenge Rep. Bill Foster (D), including attorney Ethan Hastert and state Rep. Randy Hultgren. Republicans were unable to avoid a primary in the GOP-leaning district, even though Foster’s 2008 special election victory was due in part to a negative primary between two well-funded candidates. Iraq War veteran Adam Kinzinger, who has the endorsement of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was the only major Republican to file against freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D). Several Republicans and Democrats filed to run for Kirk’s House seat, which both parties have indicated they plan to target in 2010. Financial consultant Patricia Bird, attorney Bill Cadigan, state Rep. Beth Coulson, engineer Paul Hamann, and businessmen Bob Dold and Dick Green filed to seek the GOP nomination. State Rep. Julie Hamos, attorney Elliot Richardson and marketing consultant Dan Seals, the party’s nominee in 2006 and 2008, filed to run for the Democratic nomination.

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