Toi Hutchinson running for Congress

November 29, 2012

WBEZ

AP Photo/Seth Perlman
File photo: Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Chicago Heights, argues on the Senate floor Dec. 13, 2011 in Springfield. Hutchinson is running to replace Jackson Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District.

Illinois State senator Toi Hutchinson is jumping into the 2nd district congressional race.

Hutchinson announced today she’s joining a growing list of Democrats hoping to fill former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat.

Hutchinson has represented the South Suburbs in the senate since 2009.

Before that, she served as Chief of Staff for then Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson.

Halvorson is also running for Jackson’s seat.

A special primary election is set for late February.

After Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s official resignation, lots of Chicago politicians are throwing their hats in the ring for the 2nd Congressional District.

Follow our Pinterest board to keep tabs on the rumors, official announcements and (soon enough) withdrawals from this special election.

And stay tuned to WBEZ's complete coverage of the race.