There are some recent candidate filings in the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois to report. Pat Hughes, a conservative candidate for the GOP nomination, filed this morning, although he had stated that he was planning to wait until the last minute to file to try to get the last space on the ballot. Whether this is imporant or not, he filed at 10:52 this morning, according to the State Board of Elections website, so I don't know if he gave up on that or what. Another conservative candidate, Eric Wallace, is also expected to file today but hadn't, yet, so I'm not sure what's going on with the Hughes strategy. If it means anything, TA hears that Hughes supporters were still circulating petitions at the Bears game yesterday, so it will be interesting to see how many total sigs he files with.
Ed Varga, an engineer who announced that he was running for the GOP nod, decided against the race and will not run, according to the Northwest Herald, but hinted that he might run in the general as an indepdendent.
Interestingly a candidate for the Green party, LeAlan M. Jones, of Chicago, filed last Friday. You can expect the Dems to challenge the petitions of the Green candidate, as they often do, as the Green party candidate usually takes more voters away from the Dems than the GOP.
Since today is the last day to file, we'll have more info later on the U.S. Senate Race and other races.
UPDATED 3:40 p.m.: Pat Hughes just filed ANOTHER 'something' with the SBE time stamped at 3:05 p.m. Um, usually you can't file petitions in a piecemeal fashion, so I have no idea what's going up. What I do know, though is that Bob Zadek filed at 3:14 p.m., so it would seem that assuming Zadek's petitions are deemed valid if challenged, he's currently the 'last' place ballot guy, unless Eric Wallace swoops in later today (as we expect).
What's Hughes thinking?
UPDATED x2 3:55 p.m.: In the U.S. Senate race, GOP candidate Tom Kuna filed at 3:24. Also of more local interest, in the 59th District, Vernon Hills Trustee Cynthia Hebda filed later this afternoon and will face off against Dan Sugrue and Mohan Manian in the primary to replace former State Rep. Kathy Ryg's seat (Dem contenders are incumbent appointee Carol Sente and also Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstein).
TA hears that Hebda was convinced very late in the filing period to make a run and had to scramble to get petitions signed and filed. She is expected to have a lot of support centered in the Vernon Hills area, including help from current Mayor Roger Byrne, whom Hebda had previously challenged for the Mayor's office.