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Who's Running In 2014

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Chicago political consultants Kevin Lampe and Kitty Kurth of Kurth Lampe, and Dave Lundy of Aileron Communications, have a new website listing likely candidates for local and statewide office in 2014. Kurth, Lampe and Lundy are all political professionals, so their creation, trialballoons.net, is the inside scoop. In fact, it’s so inside that most voters will have no idea who some of these candidates are. So we’ve provided some very useful annotations to their very useful lists, for those of you who are not political professionals.

            U.S. Senate

    Democrats: Dick Durbin -- incumbent senator.
    Republicans: Chad Koppie -- retired airline pilot, Tea Party activist from Gilberts. Ran for     Senate in 1992, 1996 and 2008, when he called Durbin a traitor.
    U.S. Congress - 10th CD
    Brad Schneider -- incumbent congressman.
    Bob Dold -- former congressman, lost to Schneider in 2012. Owns pest control business.
    Governor
    Democrats:
    Bill Daley -- former commerce secretary, former mayor Richard M. Daley’s brother.
    Lisa Madigan -- attorney general, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s daughter.
    Pat Quinn -- incumbent governor.
    Republicans:
    Bill Brady -- state senator from Bloomington, 2010 Republican nominee for governor.
    Kirk Dillard -- state senator from Hinsdale, lost 2010 nomination to Brady by 193 votes.
    Dan Proft -- conservative radio commentator, hosts a show on WLS from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily.
    Bruce Rauner -- millionaire financier from Winnetka -- where he owns a house -- and Chicago -- where he owns a penthouse he used as an address to get his daughter into Walter Payton College Prep. 
    Dan Rutherford -- state treasurer from Chenoa, elected in 2010.
    Joe Walsh -- One-term congressman from McHenry, Tea Party favorite. Now hosts an evening talk show on WIND-AM.
    Lieutenant Governor (Now appointed by Gubernatorial Candidates)
    Democrat:
    James Clayborne -- state senator from Belleville, would be the first African-American to serve in this office.  
    Republican:
    None
    Attorney General
    Anita Alvarez -- Cook County State’s Attorney
    John Bradley -- state representative from Harrisburg
    Tom Dart -- Cook County sheriff, former state representative
    Jack Franks -- state representative from McHenry
    David Hoffman -- former Chicago inspector general; lost U.S. Senate nomination to Alexi Giannoulias in 2010.
    Lisa Madigan -- incumbent attorney general
    Kwame Raoul -- state senator from Hyde Park, appointed to succeed Barack Obama
    Jesse Ruiz -- vice president, Chicago Board of Education; attorney, Drinker, Biddle & Reath; law student and protégé of Barack Obama 
    Sheila Simon -- lieutenant governor
    Republican:
    Jim Durkin -- state representative; former Cook County assistant state’s attorney; lost 2002 U.S. Senate race to Durbin
    Secretary of State
    Democrats:
    Jesse White -- Secretary of State for Life
    Comptroller
    Democrats:
    Sheila Simon -- lieutenant governor
    Duffy Blackburn -- Will County auditor
    Republicans:
    Judy Baar Topinka -- incumbent comptroller
    Treasurer
    Democrats:
    Mike Cabonagri -- Cook County Board of Review commissioner
    Scott Lee Cohen -- Pawnbroker; won 2010 nomination for lieutenant governor, but withdrew under pressure from Quinn.
    Mike Frerichs -- state senator from Champaign
    Stephanie Neely -- treasurer, city of Chicago
    Republicans:
    Michael Scott Carter -- chief economist, Chicago Urban League’s Entrepreneurship Center
    Bob Heap -- former DuPage County Board member; unsuccessful candidate for county treasurer; son-in-law of former Rep. Harris Fawell
    Dan Rutherford -- incumbent treasurer