Democratic Congressional Races Shape Up On Last Day Of FilingThe window for filing petitions to run for Congress in Illinois? new districts closed Tuesday with Democrats looking to take advantage of the map they drew to try to boost their numbers in Washington.One of the most-watched contests in Illinois took full shape Tuesday when Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and former assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs in President Barack Obama?s administration, filed to run in the new northwest suburban 8th District.
Duckworth, who lost a 2006 congressional bid to Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam that gained national attention, is now poised to challenge Raja Krishnamoorthi in the Democratic primary. Krishnamoorthi, a former state deputy treasurer, lost a Democratic primary battle last year for the state comptroller nomination. Both candidates are from Hoffman Estates.