Tammy DuckworthThe 2016 race for U.S. Senate is under way.  U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) entered the race today via a two-minute campaign video.  “I look forward to visiting your community soon, and if you elect me as Illinois senator, I will fight my heart out to represent you with honor and integrity,” she said in the video.  Duckworth is running for the seat now held by U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.), who spent two decades in the Navy Reserves. Duckworth matches his military experience, with 23 years in the Army Reserves.
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She’s a disabled veteran of the Iraq war. She ran for Congress in 2006 and lost, then served as Illinois’ director of veterans’ affairs, then won elections to Congress in 2012 and 2014.
The Illinois Republican Party is criticizing Duckworth’s term as director of veterans’ affairs, because she was appointed to the job by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Duckworth may not be alone in seeking the Democratic nomination. Anti-violence advocate Tio Hardiman of Hillside, who ran in the Democratic primary against Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014, has said he’ll run. U.S. Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Matteson), Bill Foster (D-Naperville) and Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) are said to be considering bids. Kirk may be challenged in the Republican primary by former Congressman Joe Walsh, now a right-wing radio talk show host.
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