Ill. Democrats looking for new candidate

Published: 2/26/2010 4:00 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Democrats embarrassed by the nomination of Scott Lee Cohen as lieutenant governor are accepting applications to replace the disgraced candidate.

State party chairman Michael Madigan said Friday the state central committee wants to hear from people interested in running for the No. 2 post with Gov. Pat Quinn in the fall election. People may provide information about their qualifications on the party's Web site.

State central committee members -- two from each of the state's 19 congressional districts -- will decide which candidates address them at a later meeting.

Cohen left the race after it became widely known he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and arrested for holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend. Cohen has denied the allegations, and charges stemming from his arrest were dropped when the girlfriend didn't show up in court.