CASH ON HAND$483,763
INCUMBENT CONGRESSWOMANJAN SCHAKOWSKY (D)
JOEL POLLAK (R)
The Woman: Democrat Jan Schakowsky is running for her seventh term as congresswoman from Illinois' 9th district.
She boasts an impressive House resume, which includes serving in the House Democratic Leadership as Deputy Chief Whip and as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, just to name a few.
If she wins a seventh term, Schakowsky says her priorities will be creating jobs, stimulating economic growth to promote stability, ensuring effective implementation of health care reform, and protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
The Knock: Her opponent, Joel Pollak, has filed an ethics complaint alleging Schakowsky used her office to offer extra aid and support to campaign donors with businesses facing foreclosures. Schakowsky denies the claim. Previously the Democrat has managed to win by large margins but Pollak, a former Democrat who is also Jewish and pro-Israel, claims that he is only 10 percent behind in the polls with 20 percent of voters are still up for grabs. The numbers show that for the first time Schakowsky is below 50 percent in the polls.
The Strategy: Schakowsky is striking back at Pollak for his inexperience and his close alignment with the Tea Party movement.