The Candidate: Raymond M. Lodato
The Race: Democratic Party Candidate for First Congressional District of Illinois.
The Competition: Clifford M. Russel Jr., Jordan Sims, Fred Smith, Bobby L. Rush, and Harold L. Bailey
The Buzz: Lodato, who currently works as a Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Chicago and at a research firm, has worked in many campaigns, such as Barack Obama's and Toni Preckwinkle's. In his questionnaire with the Chicago Tribune, Lodato said that he was the only candidate to support Obama in every one of his campaigns, from 1996 to the present day.