It's a busy morning, so for now we will note that a potentially huge development occurred yesterday when Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman announced that he was entering the race for U.S. Senate as a Democrat. Rooting out corruption in Chicago is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, but clearly Hoffman's crime-fighting creds will be the basis of his platform. We talked about this all day yesterday over at Capitol Fax Blog, but since this could substantially alter the dynamics of the race if Hoffman can either beat up Alexi Giannoulias on ethics (perhaps even beat him), or allow the third Dem candidate, Cheryle Jackson, to slip past, it would change Mark Kirk's likely Dem opponent in the general election, so I at least wanted to mention it here.
More locally, it looks like all of five people (check out the pix in the News-Sun) showed up in Waukegan yesterday to protest Mark Kirk's stance on health care reform, after hundreds turned out (many of whom supported Kirk) at his town hall earlier this week.
Finally, conservative candidate Eric Wallace is not happy as he is claiming that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has stepped into the IL Senate race and endorsed Mark Kirk. I listened to the recent interview of Steele on the Don Wade and Roma show that Wallace references, and while Steele never actually said he was endorsing Kirk, Steele certainly gushed over him and stated that the RNC would be supporting Kirk financially. Always knew I liked Steele, ever since he came to speak at the Lake County Republican Federation Spring Dinner a few years back.
UPDATED 11:15 a.m.: This was expected, considering Dick Green was making the rounds even before Mark Kirk officially decided not to run again for Congress, but today Green officially announced he's in the IL-10 race. You can download the press release here. See our previous profile on Green here.