One of the favorites to replace the retiring Emil Jones as senate president, John Cullerton, told Carol Marin on Chicago Tonight on Monday that Wednesday’s meeting would probably be limited to contenders making their pitches to colleagues, with no actual voting taking place.
Wine and beer are likely to be served.
Cullerton pitched himself to Marin as man who can bridge the gap between Gov. Rod Blagojevich and House Speaker (and the governor's blood enemy) Michael Madigan to finally break the gridlock in Springfield.
Evanston senator Jeffery Schoenberg also appeared and said his bid for leadership would be premised on more transparency in the process. Both lawmakers pledged to return more power to their colleagues in terms of committee chairmanships and bringing bills to the floor.
Other frequently mentioned candidates include Terry Link and Don Harmon.