Debbie Halverson, candidate // Seth Perlman/AP Photo
It's slating day for Illinois Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District. With Jesse Jackson, Jr. having vacated the seat last month and a special election coming early next year, it's time to slate a candidate. Leading Dems have lined up to make their pitch and there's still a lot to sift through. State Sen. Donne Trotter is pressing on despite his recent arrest for trying to carry a weapon through an airport checkpoint. Other candidates, like Mel Reynolds, aren't even present, apparently accepting they'll have to go it alone as an independent. Our reporters Dan Mihalopoulos and Casey Toner are at the slating and updating us on what they have below.