Sunday 26 October 2008
The tenth district of Illinois covers the suburbs north of Chicago and runs along the shore of Lake Michigan. It has the state's highest percentage of college educated and white collar workers.
Mark Kirk is a centrist Republican who has served in the House since 2000. He is noted for his concerns over congressional ethics - he threatened to vote against ethics rules changes proposed by the Republican leadership which would have protected Tom DeLay. He has promoted legislation to cancel the benefits of any member of Congress who is convicted of a felony. "Well educated and polished" (Congressional Quarterly), Mark Kirk earned one of his three degrees from the London School of Economics and worked for a British MP before becoming a congressional staffer. His website is http://www.kirkforcongress.com/
Challenging Congressman Kirk is Dan Seals, who contested the seat in 2006. Electoral-vote.com makes the point that "this could be a big year for charismatic young politicians from Chicago". Dan Seals is a business consultant and public policy lecturer at Northwestern University. His website ( and I love the walk on video!) is http://www.dansealsforcongress.com/index.php