Wednesday, 20 August 2008
The 11th District of Illinois is an Open Seat (currently represented by the Republican Jerry Weller). Bush won this district by only 50-48% in 2004 and the Cook Political Report of August 7th lists it as "Leaning Democratic". Illinois is of course the state for which Barack Obama is the Junior Senator. (Dick Durbin - the Majority Whip is the Senior Senator, who is up for election himself)
The district covers the Chicago suburbs in Will County and the old industrial city of Joliet. It also includes farming country to the west and, as the map shows a thin arm reaches down to Bloomington-Normal (the home of Illinois State University).
Democrat Debbie Halvorson (http://www.debbiehalvorson.com/) is seeking to wrest the seat from the Republican Party, which is represented by Marty Ozinga (http://www.martyozinga.com/).