The well-respected Cook Political Report has moved the needle once again in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois, and now rates it "lean Republican" in the wake of the seizure of the Giannoulias family's Broadway Bank.
From the Cook Report (subscription required for full access):
The bank’s financial problems and its business relationships with people associated with corruption and organized crime have dogged Giannoulias’ campaign since early February when he became the nominee. Broadway’s failure will have an enormous impact on Giannoulias’ campaign, and it is entirely possible that the fallout could force him from the race. As such, the race is moving from the Toss Up to the Lean Republican column.
More on this tomorrow, I am sure.
Meanwhile, the latest reports are that Obama may suffer to appear with Alexi after all during Obama's stop in Illinois later this week, although the tone of the Pantagraph article makes it seem that Alexi is going to be part of the background and not center stage with Obama. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.