UPDATE: The three candidates are on Chicago Public Radio between 9 and 10 this morning. Listen here. (Hat tip: Austin Mayor.)
First, a profile of Tammy Duckworth in the Sun-Times.
Touring a Wheaton rehabilitation hospital, Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth ripped President Bush’s proposed federal budget, saying it doesn’t provide enough money for health care or medical research.
The wounded Iraqi war veteran, who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, said proposed budget cuts would make it more difficult for Chicago area residents to receive the intensive medical care and therapy provided at the Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.
“There is a direct connection between care that people get here in Wheaton and the decisions made in Washington,'’ Duckworth said during a visit to the hospital with former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in the Vietnam War.
And a profile of candidate Lindy Scott in the Tribune.
If there’s a stereotype of a Democrat politician–or any politician, for that matter–Lindy Scott does not fill the bill.
The trim, bearded Wheaton College professor, who’s trying to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) in a west suburban congressional district, is the former pastor of a Des Plaines evangelical church and an eight-time Chicago Marathon runner.
For 16 years he taught in Mexico City, where he founded the Evangelical Free Church of Mexico, and he now teaches Spanish and the history of church-state relations in Latin America. His wife is Brazilian and their three children have tri-citizenships: the United States, Brazil and Mexico.
Though white evangelical Christians typically vote Republican, Scott says his faith led him to the other side of the aisle. “I cherish life, and life should be cherished across the board,” Scott said, greeting students in the campus coffee shop with a friendly, “Hola!”
Scott has already done two mailers and has made himself a presence in the district. It’s possible that Christine Cegelis, who ran last time but has no money and a campaign in disarray, could come in third.