* Chuck Todd of MSNBC says these are Illinois’ rising stars…
* Chicago Ald. Will Burns “A serious contender for Congress.”
* Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer “Talk she could be the first female mayor since Jane Byrne.”
* State Rep.-elect Will Guzzardi “Big endorsements from several unions.”
* Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor “the type of younger Republican that the GOP is desperately seeking on fiscal issues instead of social issues.”
* Rep. Darlene Senger “Hopes she is on her way to DC”
* Doug Truax “Lost to a better known and better funded rival by just 12 percentage points and that’s got national Republicans taking notes.”
* The Question: Who are your picks for Illinois’ rising political stars?