LaHood Not Running for Governor
This is a real shame. Ray LaHood would make a great governor for Illinois, but I can understand his decision to stay in the House of Representatives. He's still a good fit for the 18th District, and his constituents have said as much according to the Sun-Times report. (In the interest of full disclosure, my mother is on Ray's staff so I do have an interest in the Congressman's future career plans.)
The field of Republican challengers to Rod "Ol' Blaggie" Blagojevich has narrowed just a little. It's still too early to tell who is going to get the nomination. I know a lot of people are hoping that Jim Edgar will run again, but does he really want another term as governor? What about Ron Gidwitz? Is he going to do anything to back up his early advertising push? The sooner we know, the better.