Little at stake outside of Jackson’s vacated seat
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org February 25, 2013 5:50PM
Updated: March 27, 2013 6:18AM
Plenty of attention will be focused Tuesday on the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District seat — not only because the winner likely will be Jesse Jackson Jr.’s replacement in Washington, but also because there isn’t much else going on locally.
The only Republican primaries in the Southland other than the 2nd District are in Homer Township, where two candidates are vying for clerk and five candidates are vying for four trustee spots on the ballot for the April 9 general election.
Democratic primaries are being held for Thornton Township highway commissioner; Calumet City mayor, clerk, treasurer and city council; and Dolton clerk and trustee.
Not all Southlanders have a stake in the 2nd District race, either. The district includes Chicago’s 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 34th wards, runs from Burnham and Blue Island to Frankfort and Crete, and at its southern end includes Bourbonnais, Bradley and Kankakee.
Jackson resigned in November amid a federal investigation. He pleaded guilty last week to misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds.
Sixteen candidates’ names appear on the Democratic ballot, but a couple of them have dropped out. Five candidates are listed on the Republican ballot, but the winner would be considered a long shot to replace Jackson in the heavily Democratic district.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Polling locations by township, and township maps of precincts, can be viewed by visiting cookcountyclerk.com or thewillcountyclerk.com.