Cadigan and Collins: Health care attorney Bill Cadigan, who is a former John Porter staffer and who may jump into the IL-10 race on the GOP side, may have snagged an endorsement from prosecutor Patrick Collins, reports the Daily Herald.
Bond and Schmidt: As we reported yesterday, Michael Bond will drop his congressional bid in the 10th and came slinking back to his senate district with his tail between his legs. Except this time, he'll have pit bull Suzi Schmidt, Lake County Board Chairwoman, as a challenger. As we suspected, Laura Tomsky was merely a placeholder, and instantly capitulated when Bond announced he was coming back to his senate district. Schmidt's county board race is not up in 2010, so she gets a free run at Bond, who has damaged his political reputation by allowing himself to be intimidated by State Rep. Julie Hamos, after much bragging about how Bond didn't care who else was in the congressional race. Bond's lackluster fundraising success probably was also a factor.
Kirk and Tweets: As one might expect, the News-Sun jumped on the questions regarding Congressman Mark Kirk's "tweeting" while on active duty with the naval reserves, where he is a commander, and threw up a story on the front page. I wonder if most Dems realize that every time they bring up this issue, they remind everyone that Kirk is a veteran. It won't be long before public opinion rises to Kirk's defense if the Dems keep pushing this 'story.' UPDATED: I knew it wouldn't take long for Ellen of the Tenth to jump on this story. The funny part is that she labels Capitol Fax Blog as "right-wing, Kirk-leaning." That's a hoot.
Another Tenth District Candidate: TA hears that another GOP candidate with strong ties to Congressman Kirk and a lot of energy is poised to jump into the increasingly-crowded tenth district race. Watch this space for more details soon.
What else is going on this weekend? I'm going sailing.