State News
1:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Il Dems to endorse candidates for primary

Illinois' leading Democrats will meet in Springfield on Sunday. They're supposed to endorse candidates for next year's primary election even though there are no longer any competitive races. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky wondered why?

Democrats have rarely slated candidates in recent years. But this time, with incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn facing a primary challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, the state party was going to consider picking a favorite.

Not anymore.   Daley's no longer in the running.  He dropped out, leaving Quinn without a serious challenge. There are no primary contests for any other statewide office, either.

Still, Steve Brown says the Democratic State Central Committee will meet and make endorsements.

"I think anytime an endorsement happens in a campaign, it can be a benefit, can be an opportunity for more people to get an understanding of the candidates and the issues that are going to be before them in 2014."

Brown is the spokesman for party chairman Michael Madigan, otherwise known the House Speaker. Brown says the speaker, governor and other officials are expected to attend Sunday's meeting. He says there's nothing else on the agenda.