A bad day for Michael Bond, as Hamos sucks the wind out of his campaign, which may have already been stolen by two-time loser and perennial candidate Dan Seals. For now, Bond can't even claim support from his mentor Terry Link, since Link for some insane reason decided to float his name out there as well. Come to think of it, I'm not sure Bond has announced any 'names' behind him at all.
A bad day for Bond, but probably a worse day for Dan Seals, as the eastern/southern edge of the North Shore is where he drummed up most of his support and local money last time. Not sure if Garrett's support of Hamos means Lauren Beth Gash's 10th Dems organization follows, but Gash is important because she has a good organization and nothing better to do than chase the ghost of Mark Kirk.
On the GOP side, former Porter staffer Bill Cadigan stacks up nicely against Hamos, who will be unable to carry the 'reform' banner with a straight face. Dick Green has been floating his name longer than Cadigan but still hasn't announced, so the Dem field is shaping up more quickly, which is to be expected since most were waiting for Kirk to make up his mind. And we, of course, need to wait and see if Beth Coulson is serious about making a run.
Let's see if Bond and Seals stick it out. Seals has nothing better to do, of course, but Bond could conceivably run back to the 31st District to face Lake County Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt, or run for something else (his website, after all, is "Bond2010", not anything more specific). But he'll have to commit soon.