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Hutchinson on Trotter: "We can't afford that happening again."

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State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, speaks during a press conference where she kicked off her campaign to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress at Prairie Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Chicago Heights on Dec. 3. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

In a press availability where she talked about the so-called Fiscal Cliff, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, who is running for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat, weighed in on Donne Trotter.

Before today, potential competitors have been quiet on Trotter's arrest last week on weapons charges. Trotter is accused of bringing a weapon in his carry-on luggage when he went through the airport.

"The last three congressman in this district have left amid legal distractions and scandals, and we can't afford that happening again," Hutchinson said. "We need new leadership and a new voice."

Trotter has not been picking up his phone lately, but so far he's not announced any changes in his political future.

"He's still in the race," Cook County Democratic Party Leader Joe Berrios said on Monday.

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