Illinois primary at a glance
This year's February Illinois primary is the earliest state primary ever. This is thanks to the lemming-like move of state Dems to emulate other states in the rush to push primaries so far forward they distort the entire process.
This year in Illinois the primary features a grab bag of races, with candidates vying to replace Denny "the neckless wonder" Hastert as well as Jerry Weller and Peoria's Ray LaHood, and locally of course, primary challenges to one veteran politician and one rookie.
The Bloomington Pantograph writes a nice overview that details the races and the players.