State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields gained the endorsement today of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for the Democratic nomination in the special primary to decide a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., aides to both officials said.
Preckwinkle’s pick was somewhat of a surprise given her former chief administrative officer, Robin Kelly of Matteson, stepped down from the post to also seek the Democratic nomination.
In all, 17 Democrats are on the ballot for the Feb. 26 special primary election, as well as five Republicans. The Democratic primary is viewed as all but picking the winner in the April 9 general election because the South Side and south suburban district is so heavily Democratic.
Hutchinson replaced former state Sen. Debbie Halvorson of Crete in the General Assembly after Halvorson was elected to one term in the U.S. House. In 2010, Halvorson lost a bid for re-election against Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Manteno. Halvorson also lost a March primary bid against Jackson but is again seeking the nomination.
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