Its not western Chicago suburbs, its fringe southern burbs, including part of Joliet. Most of the district is rural, and it snakes all the way down to the west-side of Bloomington, which is the only Democratic stronghold in that town.
It also contains Kankakee, a very distant increasingly exurban area. The area is reportedly the most union-intense in the state though.
Weller kept winning because he brought roads money into the district, which won the unions over.
I hope Halvorsen runs, but some think she won't as she has an opportunity to become the first ever female Senate President. Emil Jones isn't very popular these days, so she has a an opportunity. Plus, her role in the mess in Springfield could hurt her in a campaign (guilt by association, mostly).
That said, she is probably our best candidate at this point.
Interesting that the Tribune took Weller down, as the Tribune is a Republican paper, and I'd bet has a long history of endorsing Weller, no matter how vile the man is/was.
I officially decided against Obama with his neo-con light foreign policy speeches lately.
After the YouTube debate, when Obama said he would meet with hostile foreign leaders without precondition, I was ready to jump on board. Seemed like a drastic change to a broken foreign policy, but then old Barack said he would unilaterally invade Pakistan, risking undermining the stability of government there, and he made some other baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad foreign policy speeches.
He lost me, to Dodd's gain. I had to jump into Dodd's corner, from his New Orleans bill, to his passionate speeches on the Constitution, he won me over. And, unlike Obama and Clinton, he's trying to do something about it NOW.