The effort by top Democrats in Illinois' 12th Congressional District to select a nominee for the November ballot is about to move to the next stage.
Friday is the deadline for hopefuls for the seat being vacated by Congressman Jerry Costello to file a questionnaire to be considered by a search committee comprised of Democratic heads in the district's 12 counties in southern and southwestern Illinois.
The scramble came after Democratic nominee Brad Harriman last month dropped out of the race, citing medical reasons.
Each committee member has a weighted say based on how many Democratic votes were cast in the March primary election in their counties. A top official on the panel says she expects the party to have a candidate by the end of this month.