And Roskam no longer has a primary opponent.
Iraq war veteran Ladda â€œTammyâ€ Duckworth is ready to run for the congressional seat held by retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde. The question remains: will she be able to?
As of Monday afternoon, the Hoffman Estates helicopter pilot who lost both of her legs and severely injured her right arm in an insurgent attack, had not been released from active duty in the Army. And that means Duckworth canâ€™t engage in any political activity or she risks a potential dishonorable discharge and loss of benefits.
With less than a week remaining to file for a spot on the March 21 Democratic primary ballot, Duckworthâ€™s supporters do not appear worried yet. […]
On the Republican side of the 6th Congressional District race, state Sen. Peter Roskam of Wheaton found out he wonâ€™t have a primary opponent after all. John Vivoda, president of the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board, dropped out Monday.
UPDATE: It appears that Duckworth will be cleared tonight. She plans an announcement Sunday on ABC’s This Week.
Turns out, the Hotline story that this was based on was wrong and has been amended (in my haste to get this up and get out the door to do some Christmas shopping, I neglected to include the link).
UPDATE: Sources clarify that it’s possible she will make her campaign announcement before the show’s taping, so the “This Week’ interview would not be an exclusive.
Update 2: A campaign source adds that while Duckworth will be on This Week she will not be volunteering a campaign announcement on the show. She is running for the seat, and will be making an announcement before Monday’s filing deadline.