I've heard a bunch of names bantied about and some make sense and others don't. The obviously most intriguing one is Patrick Fitzgerald. It seems like he's not interested in the job. His spokesman for the 'G' says:
“[Patrick Fitzgerald] is not running for any electoral office. He has had no discussions with anyone about this matter," Sanborn said. "He is very happy with and intends to keep performing the job he has. I am denying there is anything to this whatsoever.”So, of course, the Illinois Leader (the conspiracy theorists that they are), say that the 'insiders' floating Fitzy's name just want him out of Illinois. There may be a bit of truth to that, but more importantly, he may be the only guy that can win.
There are some other interesting names that I can think of.
Corrine Wood. I always thought that this was going to be her seat. She had to run for Governor a few years back. She could have passed, ran around the state raising money for everybody, and then this probably would have been handed to her. Oh well. Now maybe she's worth another look.
There's others, and as the week goes on, we'll talk about them all...