The QC Times has the scoop.
U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill., is endorsing his district representative, Phil Hare, to replace him on the Democratic ticket in the 17th Congressional District this fall.
Jerry Lack, an Evans aide and a suitor for the job himself, said Evans informed him of his decision Thursday. As a result, Lack said, he is backing out of the race and will help Hare. â€œI was planning on running and now Iâ€™m not,â€ he said. â€œIt was a difficult decision for Lane, but I respect it and Iâ€™ll be working to help Phil out.â€
Evans announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election this fall because of the need to focus on his health. He has been battling Parkinsonâ€™s disease for more than a decade. He will serve the rest of his term to the end of the year.
Evans spokesman Steve Vetzner confirmed the endorsement. â€œPhil has been with him since day one. Heâ€™s been his right-hand man and heâ€™s the best person to build on Laneâ€™s legacy,â€ Vetzner said.
[Hat tip to a sharp-eyed commenter]
Rumor has it that Rahm Emanuel has his own candidate. You’d think he’d learned his lesson about this stuff. If the Rahminator was such a big issue in DuPage, imagine what the reaction would be downstate.