* This is obviously a significant boost for Krishnamoorthi over Tammy Duckworth…
Democratic congressional hopeful Raja Krishmanoorthi just added a big - and often elusive - name to his list of supporters.
He says that former 8th District Congresswoman Melissa Bean, of Barrington, plans to release a statement supporting the Hoffman Estates lawyer and laboratory president. We got first dibs.
“Raja’s priorities are well aligned with the families and businesses of Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. He and his wife have been raising their two sons in Hoffman Estates, so they know the challenges that families here are facing and are invested personally in the success of suburban public schools. As President of a small business, he also recognizes that greater innovation is critical to our economic strength. His candidacy brings extensive public sector experience, an impressive academic background, and a Midwest work ethic to the race,” the statement reads.
Krishnamoorthi is a perpetual motion machine. He never stopped working even after he lost that close statewide primary to David Miller last year. He called me so many times that I started getting irritated. Like I cared about a guy who lost a primary. But I knew he’d be back, I just didn’t know where. Duckworth is a good candidate, but she has her work cut out for her here.
* Not unexpected…
A former state representative from Madison County said he may challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, in the new 13th Congressional District.
Jay Hoffman of Collinsville is the second Democrat to express interest in the race. David Gill, a physician from Bloomington, said Wednesday that he also may seek the Democratic nomination in the newly redrawn congressional district that runs from Urbana through 14 central and southwestern Illinois counties to the Metro East suburbs. It also includes Decatur, Springfield and most of Bloomington-Normal.
“The district is such,” Hoffman said Thursday, “that I think the issues I’ve always stood for — job creation, ensuring that working families have a voice — would be a good fit for me.
“But I’m also looking at other options, including returning to the Illinois General Assembly.”
Hoffman said “a lot of people,” including officials with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have contacted him about the 13th District seat.
Hoffman told me this week that he’d probably decide by the middle of July whether to make the congressional bid. There are those who think that Johnson won’t run again if he draws a tough Democratic challenger. We’ll see. Hoffman, of course, has his downsides. He was Rod Blagojevich’s House floor leader back in the day. But he played no role in the two trials, so that helps his cause.
* And Springfield fixture Gene Callahan’s daughter appears to be gearing up hard for the 17th District seat…
East Moline Alderwoman Cheri Bustos is moving toward a Democratic bid for the 17th Congressional District nomination.
Bustos said Wednesday she will resign her position as vice president of communications for Iowa Health System at the end of the month and tentatively plans to make an announcement about a candidacy on June 30. […]
Bustos, a former Quad-City Times reporter, joined Trinity about 10 years ago and went to Iowa Health System in 2008. She was elected as East Moline’s 4th ward alderwoman in 2007. […]
Already, state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, has announced his candidacy and made his first visit as a candidate to the Quad-Cities on Tuesday. Former Rock Island Mayor Mark Schwiebert, former state Rep. Mike Boland of East Moline and Porter McNeil of Moline have said they might make bids, too. McNeil was the spokesman for former state comptroller Dan Hynes.
* Illinois’ 5 Republican freshmen reflect on first 6 months in Congress - Lawmakers discuss their votes, priorities, impressions, successes and frustration
* Democrats target female voters, portray Republican moves as a war on women: Emily’s List cited the Medicare plan as it singled out nine House Republican freshmen as its first targets next year, months earlier than in the last election. They are… Robert Dold and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois…
* GOP Civil War Erupts: Tea Party Freshman Rips Chamber CEO Tom Donahue: Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) appeared on Fox News, where he tore into Donohue for threatening House Republicans: I found Tom Donahue’s comments outrageous, tone-deaf, totally establishment, and doesn’t understand at all where we’re at right now…If Tom Donahue is more comfortable having Nancy Pelosi as Speaker next year because he wants to get rid of all of us tea party, fiscally-conservative freshman who came here on a mission to save our kids from the debt we’re placing on their backs, then fine. He can have Nancy Pelosi as his Speaker.
* Some deficit hawks have major debts: In other cases, freshman lawmakers had been living on more modest means. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., who squeaked to victory with tea party backing, reported that his assets might be as low as $3,004.
* Prominent Congressmen Dumped BP Stock After Oil Spill
* House Retirement Watch Begins: Although both GOP Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.) and Joe Barton (Texas) have signaled they plan to run for re-election, the proposed maps in their respective states include lots of changes to the territory they represent. Democrats are keeping tabs on both.
* Gill considering another challenge to Johnson
* Third airport plan still circling
* Kinzinger plans Ottawa small business roundtable