* 10:20 am - Justin Oberman, the son of a former Chicago alderman, has dropped out of the 5th Congressional District special election…
The confidence you have shown in me reinforces my eagerness to serve the people of Illinois, but I have determined that the best use of your resources is not for this special election, and I have decided to withdraw from the race. With sincere gratitude for your willingness to support our efforts, I will be returning all unused funds to you and all of our other contributors.
Oberman never really got any traction and wasn’t expected to do all that well anyway.
* Also, from what I’m told the drawing for ballot positions was today. On the Democratic side, Charles Wheelan drew the top spot, followed by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and Rep. John Fritchey.
* 11:34 am - Teamsters Joint Council 25 has endorsed Rep. Fritchey for Congress. Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers endorsed Fritchey yesterday.
* 11:59 am - Mike Quigley responds to Oberman’s withdrawal…
“Justin represents a new generation of leaders inspired by President Obama’s call to service and to help improve our communities and our country.
“I have had the opportunity to speak with Justin and on those occasions I have been impressed by his commitment to public service. I am also pleased that we share many of the same views about the need for progressive government and the importance of bringing fundamental change to Washington.
“I am certain that Justin will draw upon his valuable experience in government and the private sector to help the people of this community in the years ahead. I look forward to working with Justin in the future to promote the goals we share.”
Quigley, by the way, will appear second to last on the ballot. Patrick O’Connor is last.