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Hotline Sort: Scorecard for Illinois-02 Special Election

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December 6, 2012

It's been just over two weeks since former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., resigned, triggering a special election for his seat. Here's a look at who's in, who's out, and who we're still waiting to hear from among potential Democratic contenders. The field is already crowded as candidates gear up for a February 26 primary.

Who's in:

-- Former state Rep. Robin Kelly, who unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer in 2010, announced Sunday that she's in.

-- Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who also unsuccessfully challenged Jackson in this year's primary.

-- Former Rep. Mel Reynolds, who Jackson replaced when he resigned after being convicted of fraud.

-- State Sen. Donne Trotter, who was arrested Wednesday for attempting to bring an unloaded gun on a flight from Chicago to Washington.

-- State Sen-elect Napoleon Harris, who is also a former NFL player.

-- Alderman Anthony Beale.

-- State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, who signaled her interest in the seat shortly after Jackson's announcement before making her run official last week.

-- Activist Anne Marie Miles, who said earlier this week that she was considering a run and whose website now says "Anne Marie Miles for Congress!" (The site has adapted the lyrics to "Jesse's Girl" -- excerpt: "You know, I wish that I had Jessie's seat/I wish that I had Jessie's seat/Where can I find a district like that.")

Who's out:

-- Former Cook County President Todd Stroger is not running -- and the state is looking into $500,000 "investment" that disappeared from his campaign filings this year.

-- Alderman Will Burns, who has also worked for President Obama, announced he would not run.

Who's still a question mark:

-- The Jacksons: Alderman Sandi Jackson (the wife of Jesse Jackson Jr.) and Jonathan Jackson (his brother) have not announced decisions on the race.

-- Former state Rep. David Miller, who has also said he was mulling the race.

-- Attorney Sam Adam Jr. (who represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich) noted his interest in the race before Jackson even resigned, but has not yet signaled a decision.

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