Coming March 27: A New Democratic Lt. Gov. Nominee

Over 240 Illinoisans have submitted applications for the job

By BJ Lutz
|  Friday, Mar 12, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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A new Democratic lieutenant governor nominee will be named in two weeks, party chairman Michael Madigan said Friday.

Interviews for some of the candidates will be held next week in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Bolingbrook and Springfield, Madigan told the 38-member Democratic State Central Committee, according to the Chicago Tribune.

As of Friday, 244 people have submitted applications for the job, which was posted online last month after Scott Lee Cohen dropped out of the race amid scandal.

The Illinois House has approved a bill for the governor and lieutenant governor to run as a team in the primary.  They currently run separately.   That bill is on its way to the state Senate.

Other legislators have called for the abolishment of the position altogether.

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