by David Nir
Leading Off:• IL-02: Two more candidates have jumped into the Democratic primary to fill ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s vacant seat: Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale and former Northwestern University football star Napoleon Harris, who was just elected to the state Senate earlier this month. They join ex-Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who announced on Monday. Shira Toeplitz also mentions yet another new name as a possibility that we hadn’t seen before, Rev. Corey Brooks, an activist pastor.
And if you’re wondering when this cavalcade of potential candidates will have to come to a halt, well, right now, the answer is Christmas eve. That’s the current filing deadline, but officials are hoping to move it to a more convenient time (just as they are with the general election), perhaps to early January.
One other thing worth checking out is this cool mapping tool developed by local Democratic operative Scott Kennedy, which allows you to layer different jurisdictions and district lines on top of the borders of IL-02. It lets you see, for instance, how Calumet Township or Chicago’s Ward 8 compares to the 2nd District (or any other relevant set of local boundaries you’re interested in).