Six months after a costly, contentious battle for Congress in the North Suburban 10th District, Democratic contenders for the Republican seat are now lining up.
State senators Michael Bond of Grayslake and Susan Garrett of Lake Forest are putting themselves out as potential contenders along with a possible third run from Wilmette businessman Dan Seals.
Seals came close twice to unseating U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, and national Democrats hung their hopes and millions of dollars on him in the latest faceoff. Barack Obama even cut a last-minute radio ad for Seals.
But by the time the February primary comes around in 2010, the Democrats may not have Kirk to challenge. He is seriously considering a run for U.S. Senate.
Meanwhile, both Bond and Garrett are planning trips in the coming weeks to Washington, D.C., to woo top Democratic leaders.
Bond has two years in office under his belt and has a team of political advisers assembled.
"We need real change and a representative who will fight for us to get something done," he says.
Garrett has been elected three times to the Illinois Senate and served two terms in the House.
"I think that it will be a crowded primary," she says, "as it should be."
Both contenders represent the northern part of the 10th District, which stretches from Waukegan to Arlington Heights.