February 11, 2004
Daily Kos has a pretty thorough overview of the Senate races around the country. Here's what he says about Illinois:
A near sure-thing. The Democrats have a large field vying for the nomination. Any of them will be odds-on favorites to take the seat from the GOP.
The seat was left open after GOP senator Fitzgerald saw his political demise and decided to spare himself the embarrassment of a near-certain loss. The GOP tried to draft popular former guv Jim Edgar but he declined. So the best they have been able to do is investment banker Jack Ryan, in the heels of disgraced governor George Ryan and disgraced Senate candidate Jim Ryan.