If Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair is any indication, there's no coronation in the U.S. Senate primary. Whereas the Republicans the day before stood steadfastly behind incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Democrats allowed four hopefuls to take the microphone Thursday afternoon. What's more, the Cook County Democratic Central Committee declined to make an endorsement at its slating meeting this week.
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A member of that committee, State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie), said, “It's important that we have people who run for public office who believe passionately in their ability to serve and their ability to address the needs of our state and our nation, and I applaud all of those who are in the race.” U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) said Kirk cares no more for working-class Illinoisans than does his ally, Gov. Bruce Rauner. Andrea Zopp, who recently left her position as president of the Chicago Urban League, used Democrat Day to officially kick off her campaign. Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin declared he will make a final decision by Sept. 9, and State Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) has confirmed he is circulating petitions, anyway.