Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) will announce a statewide run on Monday, according to a release just sent from his office. The notice doesn't say what office, but Kirk has been making calls to line up support for a Senate run. Kirk's campaign kick off will be somewhere in the northern suburbs.
*Kirk will have no meaningful GOP primary for the Senate nomination. GOP Illinois party chairman Andy McKenna will now not run. There is no other Republican of stature out there organizing a Senate bid.
*The 10th Congressional District seat opens up. While Kirk has held it with massive support from Democrats in the north suburban district, this is fertile Democratic territory. Expect a conga line of candidates from both parties to line up for a rare open seat. This could be the second open seat; if Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) runs for Cook County Board president, the 7th C.D. seat opens up in heavily Democratic turf.
*One the Democratic side, State treasuret Alexi is in. Cherlye Jackson, the Chicago Urban League chief is in. She was in Washington on Tuesday putting together her campaign.
Kirk to Announce Statewide Candidacy
Who: Congressman Mark Kirk
When: Monday, July 20
Time: 10:30 am
Where: To Be Announced (Northern Suburbs of Chicago)
What: Congressman Mark Kirk will announce his candidacy for statewide office at a press conference in the 10th Congressional District on Monday, July 20. Details, including location and time, will be announced later in the week.