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2010: An updated look at that long list of candidates

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Here’s another look at the mass of candidates assembling for some of the top political races in Illinois in 2010. With Congressman Danny Davis insisting he’s a candidate for president of the Cook County Board rather than re-election, we added the 7th Congressional District to this most recent update. Our cautionary note: these lists may not be totally complete. We only put up the names of candidates we were able to confirm. Believe it or not, some politicians don’t always feel like sharing their hopes and dreams with us. That said, if you see someone missing, drop us a line. This also shouldn’t be taken as a complete list of the big races in 2010. We’ll likely add more in future posts, depending on political developments. U.S. SENATE

Possible CandidatePartyCurrent Office or JobHow Close to Running
John ArringtonRBusinessman, former Harvey aldermanRunning
Alexi GiannouliasDState TreasurerRunning
Patrick HughesRAttorney and real estate developerRunning
Cheryle JacksonDPresident of the Chicago Urban LeagueRunning
Stan JaglaDBusinessman Running
LeAlan JonesGFreelance radio producerRunning
Mark KirkRCongressmanRunning
Tom KunaRSmall business ownerRunning
Don LoweryRRetired judgeRunning
Andy MartinRInternet publisherRunning
Robert MarshallDPhysicianRunning
Jacob MeisterDAttorneyRunning
Kathleen ThomasRHistorical researcherRunning
Ed VargaRCivil engineer and member of McHenry County Board of HealthRunning
Eric WallaceRPublisherRunning
Robert ZadekRBusiness owner and real estate brokerRunning

7TH CONGRESSIONAL

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
Jim Ascot D Real Estate Running
Anazette Collins D State Representative Running
La Shawn Ford D State Representative Running
Marshall Hatch D Pastor Running
Rickey Hendon D State Senator Running for this office or Lt. Governor
Darlena Williams-Burnett D State Committeeman, Deputy Cook County Recorder of Deeds Running

10TH CONGRESSIONAL

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
Patricia Bird R Business consultant Running
Bill Cadigan R Attorney, former aide to Congressman John Porter Running
Beth Coulson R State Representative Running
Robert Dold R Business owner Running
Dick Green R Business owner Running
Julie Hamos D State Representative Running
Elliot Richardson D Attorney Running
Dan Seals D Business consultant Running
Renee Thaler R Business owner Running

GOVERNOR

Possible CandidatePartyCurrent Office or JobHow Close to Running
Adam AndrzejewskiRFormer non-profit directorRunning
Bill BradyRState SenatorRunning
James ClayborneDState SenatorThinking about running
Kirk DillardRState SenatorRunning
Frank EdwardsRSpringfield AldermanRunning
Dan HynesDComptrollerRunning
Andy McKennaRFormer State GOP ChairmanRunning
Dan ProftRCommentator, publicistRunning
Pat QuinnDGovernorRunning
Bob SchillerstromRDuPage County Board ChairmanRunning
Dan SchmittRMotorcycle racer / TV producerRunning
Bill “Dock” WallsDPolitical activistRunning
Rich WhitneyGAttorneyRunning

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
Mike Boland D State Representative Running
Thomas Castillo D Union electrician Running
Scott Lee Cohen D Businessmen Running
Brad Cole R Mayor of Carbondale Running
Dennis Cook R School District 230 Board President Running
Don Crawford G High school guidance counselor Running
Rickey Hendon D State Senator Running for this office or 7th Congressional
Sandi Jackson D Chicago Alderman Circulating petitions
Kevin Joyce D State Representative Running
Terry Link D State Senator Thinking about running
Matt Murphy R State Senator Running
Jason Plummer R Small business owner Running
Don Tracy R Lawyer Running
Art Turner D State Representative Running
Randy White R Hancock County Board Member Running

COMPTROLLER

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
James Dodge R Business executive, Orland Park trustee, Metra board member Running
William J. Kelly R TV producer / personality Circulating petitions
Raja Krishnamoorthi D Lawyer, former Deputy State Treasurer Running
David Miller D State Representative Running
Erika Schafer G Financial services director at non-profit Running
Judy Baar Topinka R Radio host, former state treasurer Circulating petitions

TREASURER

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
Robin Kelly D Treasurer’s chief of staff Running
Justin Oberman D Former homeland security official Running
Scott Summer G Attorney Running
Dan Rutherford R State Senator Running

COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
Dorothy Brown D Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County Running
Danny Davis D Congressman Running
John Garrido R Policeman and lawyer Running
Roger Keats R Securities Industry Running
Terrence O’Brien D President of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Running
Toni Preckwinkle D Chicago Alderman Running
Todd Stroger D Cook County Board President Running

DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD CHAIR

Possible Candidate Party Current Office or Job How Close to Running
Carole Cheney D Attorney Circulating petitions
Dan Cronin R State Senator Running
Gary Grasso R Burr Ridge Mayor and attorney, member of DuPage County Board of Health Running
Debra Olson R DuPage County Board Member Running
Carole Pankau R State Senator Running
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