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Toi Hutchinson Announces Run for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Congressional Seat

The Olympia Fields Democrat was re-elected in November to the 40th state Senate seat, which represents parts of Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Homewood and New Lenox.

Illinois Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) announced Thursday that she will run for the 2nd Congressional District seat recently vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. 

Hutchinson, who was appointed a state senator in 2009 after Debbie Halvorson was elected to Congress, was re-elected to the 40th district seat in November, winning over Tuck Marshall (R-Frankfort). The 40th district expanded this year to include the southern parts of New Lenox and Frankfort, and also represents Chicago Heights, Flossmoor and Homewood. 

"Families in the South Suburbs and the southside deserve a representative who understands their concerns and who will work alongside President Obama to create new jobs, rebuild our roads and schools, and protect the gains we’ve made on equal pay, health care and civil rights," Hutchinson said in a blog post on Patch. 

Hutchinson said in the blog post that she would "focus on creating jobs and long-term economic development, protecting Social Security and Medicare from Republican efforts to privatize them" if elected to Congress. 

"That's why today I've decided to run for Congress," she said. "I'm going to work hard every day to help the people of the Southland and I'm looking forward to earning your support over the coming months." 

Hutchinson’s south suburban Senate district covers the majority of the 2nd Congressional district. Prior to her state Senate appointment, she served two terms as village clerk for the Village of Olympia Fields, and was chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Debbie Halvorson.

According to CBS/Channel 2 in Chicago, former state representative Robin Kelly also plans to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat, as does former NFL running back Napolean Harris. CBS reports a number of other people considering a campaign. 

Former congressman Mel Reynolds has also announced a run. He lost his seat in 1995, after he was convicted of criminal sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography and sentenced to two-and-a-half years in state prison.

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Dinkum November 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
You can earn my support by emphasizing personal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. Share your plan to for less government, lower taxes, and more personal freedom. Here are a few specifics: Jobs - reduce regulations and taxes on business/industry. Government doesn't create jobs, companies do. Get rid of the minimum wage law (see below). Roads - begin to privatize them. See examples in CA and IN. Schools - engage parents in the funding process. Support a true market in education by providing more choice. Equal pay - let the market dictate what compensation is afforded someone. If you want to tackle a pay issue, get rid of the minimum wage law. See "Report on minimum wage study commission" or "The State Against Blacks". Now before all you party line followers start taking shots at these researched and proven ideas, ask yourself this question. Given the history of elected officials in D2, and the state of Illinois, do you think the status quo will produce different outcomes? If you say yes, you probably voted for MIA Jackson.
Dinkum November 29, 2012 at 09:47 PM
See post below for "suggested courses of action to improve the quality of life for the people of the 2nd Congressional District". And drop the pro-life stance from a political perspective (your personal beliefs are your own).
James Taylor November 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I don't know who you are (Dinkum) but I can certainly see you have given the issues great thought and perhaps have written one of the few posts here that one can relate to if in fact the goal is improvement in the quality of life in this district and perhaps, if it can be gotten together here in the 2nd maybe there are some things that can be carried over some of the other districts. I agree, my views on pro-life are my personal beliefs, just figured I would be up front about it. I would not do anything to prevent anyone from doing what the law states, except voice my opinion in a respectful and kind way - hopefully enough said on that) Now, as for the welfare and growth of the district your post makes me more convinced than ever, that if informed and caring individuals can ever move to the front in this district and voice their opinions and ideas to the elected officials, and those elected officials pay attention and enact the best of those ideas and suggestions, and hold the voters in a position of respect and the voters hold the elected officials in a position of accountability, things would began to improve. Who ever you are, "HATS OFF!"
BUTCH November 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Sorry Dink i voted ag JJJ nine times, yer Tparty examples like prvzg roads and gave two horrible ex Ind and Calif which any independent search would tell u are being neglected on a massive scale, equal pay and min wage sounds like a TWIT ROBME Red China warehouse, if companies created jobs why after 8 years of BUSHENOMICS did we fall into a depression! What is new choice in education mean besides no teachers union? shared personal responsibility and freedom and elimination of worthless do gooder govt policies and programs like enterprise zones and lower taxes for the job creators in RED CHINA has been a raging success get rid of them, u know what creates jobs cut the 6th-7th and ARABIAN SEA fleets, by cutting back on the EMPIRE fewer bases in ASIA and KUWAIT, Dubai and Central Africa will bring more companies back to the USA than all the tax cuts and deregulation's of guberment, why do u think TWIT wanted a 600 ship navy/ The only thing he told us was " he wanted 100,000 more cannon fodder" But did not say how he was going to pay for it except cut his taxes!! , WE HAVE MORE BASES OVERSEES NOW THAN WHEN OBAMA TOOK OFFICE ! Despite the fact he ended the combat role in IRAQ and sent half of them home in AFGHAN problem is they did not all come home they were sent to new bases to protect the job creators. Obama's doctrine of a new ASIAN presence to protect TWIT and the TPARTY'S interests in RED CHINA, keep drinking the KOOL AID!
James Taylor November 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Butch, the kind of flip, supposed smart but really out of wack remarks don't make you seem smart, but makes you seem stupid and uniformed to me. Speak or write something in clear English so we can follow you. With all due respect, reads like you are on pot or crack or meth.
Dinkum November 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I can see research is not your strong suit Butchery. Neither is grammar, punctuation, or putting two coherent sentences together. The Tea Party doesn't interest me. Neither does any of your posts.
Dinkum November 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Right now I'm just a man who knows his personal and political beliefs (evolving yet based on research) are not mainstream. But history has shown forward-thinking ideas have always been dismissed or ridiculed by the masses. There will be no new movement here in D2 with the MIA Jackson special election. Racism and partly lines run too deep. But I have my plan. Continue to agitate while I'm around and then move out within 2 years. And I'll move to a place where personal freedom is honored and progressive thinking is the norm.
BUTCH November 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM
WHAT IS WACK are u abbreviating whack? As for the other comment, if he-she is writing a personal letter on supply side based on research? If it is posted it is fair game, as for myself I rely more on memory and personal experiences. The gubernment that has his-her panties in a twirl can be smart assed if u have never ventured beyond the KANKAKEE RIVER! It is what the DUBYA the former POTUS would use when addressing the MURKAN TPARTY faithful, the PRIVATIZATION concept is from the GOP manual which Conan the GOV of CALIF and new pres of Purdue U FORMER DUYA official and Gov Indiana did to their states and screwed up.the TOLL and Highways. GOP slave wage in the era of protests against WAL MART and McDonald. These hamburger flipper jobs where exec make 25,000 a hr began with Reagan's tax cuts, the workers get about the same pay then and now, what this clown calls forward thinking ideas began 32 years ago under a guy with ALZHEIMERS. What is INCOMPREHENSIBLE for me to understand is how a modern researcher who never heard of the FORMOSA straights or ARABIAN SEA FLEET evolves forward while the COMMITMENT to the TRANS PACIFIC Asian PARTNERSHIP is about to change all current law on copyrights and downloading on the Webb etc I it must be another false flag of some Rovian misinfo ! It is our duty to comment on anything that resembles drinking the KOOL AID aka GOP POST, with due respect broaden yer horizons beyond NEWSMAX the TRIB and the BAIN clear channel FOX and friends.
James Taylor November 30, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Butch, the "I" here is you. ( Mankind is confined by his words, to that "I" can truly attest, so is what "I" say here what you hear there, or, can "I" only do your best?) by James Taylor Sr. 1972
DJ November 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Keep dreaming Jimmy
Dinkum November 30, 2012 at 03:16 AM
JT, let the man rant (but ignore him). Probably has a cognitive or dissociative disorder. A sad case indeed.
James Taylor November 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
It is my sincere hope that the people of the district will elect a leader who has the welfare of the people at heart. I grew up in a very poor community that is now part of the new 2nd District, Pembroke, Illinois. Yet, we had pride in our town, we had no murders and we did not rob from each other.We were a mostly black town, 97% and it was rare that dads were not a part of the family. We all worked at one job or another, from field hands, picking tomatos and other crops to working at the Shapiro and Manteno State Hospitals. We did not resort to theft to get what we wanted, we worked two and sometimes three jobs, Often that third job was on the weekends at a drivein show or Burger King or something of that sort. Most of the people who live in the 2nd District today are good, Christian and hard working family people who are doing their best to live a productive life. It has been the political hacks who trade a Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas Ham for votes and who spend the rest of their time playing 'high roller' at the public's expense.Men like Mr. Bass Voice, Danny Davis and Mr. Once was a Thug, Bobby Rush and Mr. Cute Play Boy, Jesse Jr. and the like. Even old, "I'll take it if I can, Mel but for decades they have pimped the people and shamefully these black would be leaders have managed to blame it on white people. Now they say the district must keep black leadership to be better off. Come on, we need an honest congressman or woman. Democrats need to vote for Toi!
James Taylor November 30, 2012 at 04:02 AM
How will history record the black leadership of Chicago, ie. the 2nd District Democrats. I think unless things change, as a bunch of crooks who pimped the very folks they claimed to represent. A bunch of black men, using the word men, to be respectful, who never saw a dollar they would not steal or a woman they would not at least try to corrupt! These men are the example our young black males have had to view for decades, men who would and have done nothing but pimp the communities and because of the few white racists in and around Chicago and the nation, they have been able to blame the slum, blight and lack of jobs and job trainng and safe communities on white people. How many times have you read about a car load of whites doing drive by shootings in the wards and neighborhoods of the 2nd District in the last forty years? How many more years are these black political pimps going to be able to rape the futures of our black, poor white and hispanic children who live in these urban areas? I plan to run as a Republican in the 2nd District race and hope that Democrats will place Toi Hutchinson, a mother, honest woman and true person of values on the Democratic ticket so a fair and informative election will result and at the end of the process, no matter who wins, the people of the 2nd District will have been the true winners because it will no be business as usual. This District can and will be a jewel of Illinois, if we work together as concerned residents, and voters.
very concerned citizen November 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Good get rid of her in our district and bring someone from frankfort mokena new-lenox in her place.Shes probally one of Jesse jacksons buddys.Lets remap the districts.These people can give two craps about us they only know how to screw the system like jesse boy did.really $ 40,000 on a watch what a dip shit.
Jim November 30, 2012 at 01:46 PM
She was the one that pushed the $2 licence plate fee increase. Not going to break the bank but all the other are. I wouldnt vote for her....
James November 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM
JT, what is your view on the Peotone airport which triple j pressed to make his legacy?
James Taylor November 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I do not support the airport in Peotone. Our newspaper (Kankakee City News) came out against it sometime ago. In fact on Utube we have a video on the airport that Jim has in that area which fits into the community without complaint, so it is not like these people are against flight, just don't want to destroy the texture of their town.. I believe that the people of that community have a very great way of life and a positive farm cultural legacy that is over 100 years old. If Norman Rockwell had visited that area of Peotone I would venture to say he would have painted it and some scene from there would be on a calander. When I ran for congress in the last Republican Primary I made it clear that I was opposed to the airport plan. I say the planners should check with Kankakee Airport officials and see if Kankakee wants it or maybe somewhere else but only where the folks want the project. There are things that are much more important to me than winning any election. Values and being real with people are the legacy I hope to one day leave for my children, sibs and the community,
Dan November 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I'm afraid Toi not an option for me. Her affiliation with the machine is the big strike against her. Don't forget she was appointed to her state senate position so when push comes to shove she will vote as she is told to. I like what you are writing James but for the pro-life stuff. There is no place in politics for that and until the republicans realize they can not control a woman's choice they will not get the female vote. It is not the bible thumping south here. Just look at the recent election results. I do have to face the facts though. Whoever gets the nod from the Berrios gang will be the one in jjj's seat. Not enough thinking voters in these parts to change that. Sad.....
Maureen "Moe" Forte' November 30, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Great commentary! FYI ~ I too, just an ordinary citizen elected to two positions in which I serve in the Village of East Hazel Crest, IL also announced my interest to represent the 2nd Congressional District. My interest is for the People! But, it seems it's becoming a Circus! People are interested in the "Position and Title" and not serving the "People"! I have NO Money! I'm Not For Sale! Just an ordinary citizen with an interest for the People and District. Not a Perfect Servant, But a Public Servant! Stay Tuned...I'm pretty sure you will hear more about and from Maureen Forte'
Dinkum November 30, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I respect and appreciate your direct comments and vision for D2. But given the recent voting history (100,000 voters, mostly black I assume, voted for an ineffective, disingenuous, black politician) I believe big change is not in the cards. And I believe change is not imminent in D2 for all the reasons I've posted before plus this observation. 100,000 D2 voters (think on this number carefully) can be bought by a face, a speech, or a name. Shameful. And until they wake-up, embrace the truth about government and it's leaders, we will experience the same outcomes.
Dan November 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Couldn't agree with you more, Marc. I believe there is very little suburban support for Chicago candidates but voting along party lines especially in the city will be the deciding factor and unfortunately it is city democrats who will choose the candidate. I did not talk to one local person who supported jjj but the city vote was more than enough to give him a big margin.
lala November 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Can you tell me what candidates are for the Peotone airport? I know JJ was.
TC November 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Another group of voters being disenfranchised by a recently elected official.
BUTCH November 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
@LALA, propably all that have announced but TAYLOR and DEBBIE HALVORSON who was almost the lone voice against Peotone when it was first proposed. The 9th ward clown who is running because he brought a WAL MART to his ward should get the Walton family vote which is the same kind of vision Dinkum what his -her name is which comes out of the ALEC and REAGAN SUPPLY SIDE economics play book, the enterprise zone of bare min wages. Debbie is the logical choice a former member of congress who was redistricted out and has no scandal or dirt baggage who if she is elected will not require a special election AGAIN! I voted and supporter HARRIS for Il Senate not for Congress are we going to have special elections every month to satisfy these ego's in the meantime we have been screwed for 17 years and now we will have another vacancy with a HARRIS or Hutchinson victory for that matter,obviously DEBBIE is QUALIFIED AND HAS BEEN HEAVILY ENDORSED except by the TRIB who has a habit of tilting right on their endorsements the other candidate MEL if he told the truth which he has shown no ability of doing when he was held the OFFICE could turn the whole circus upside down.but do not expect it to happen he wants to collect his old age pension or SSA if he still has one.
lala December 01, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Thanks for the info. I was to lazy to look it up! ;)
Maureen "Moe" Forte' December 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Evening, I just want to "Thank You", Due to the fact this"Special Election" is becoming a Circus I have decided not to seek this Circus of a Seat in the 2nd Congressional District! People are running for the "Position and the Tiltle" not the "Purpose of the People" in the district! As a Double Elected Official myself and an advocate for ex-offenders, my purpose is to represent the least of these! I'm serious about the work I do! I pray for my re-election in April 2013 for my Aldermanic/Trustee Seat and will continue to be of service in the capacities in which I serve! I will support a candidate that is Honest with Integrity and Truth for ALL!! Moving Me Forward! Maureen "Moe" Forte'
BUTCH December 02, 2012 at 04:51 PM
MO where ever yer from they are lucky to have u as a concerned elected official which most areas around the south side -burbs have a better chance at Winning POWER BALL than electing a concerned public official. In my town at this time we are also fortunate to have elected and appointed officials that are in it for the good of the commons so far-(knock) Another sleaze bag just bit the dust the former cop-alderman and CC Rep Big Bill Beavers joined the illustrious gang of robbers and wannabe looters of the citizens of Illinois facing jail for illegal use of campaign funds these guys all think citizens united are paying their bills as if they are TPARTY guys! Why are we closing all these prisons we should have one for local officials-alderman, a second for county officials another for fed elected officials they should all would be full and when we have weeded them all out consolidate them and close them when Illinois corruption is eliminated ha! That will be our POWER BALL!
James Bond December 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Marcus Lewis has been very very quiet, I guess he found out he needs at least 15 Thousand"Good" Signatures. A great system we have to keep independents off the ballots.
Veronica December 10, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I am urging everyone to take a real look at the man who always stood up to adversity, helped people not only in our district but others and ran against the odds because he wanted to, still wants to and will bring the seat back to the people of the 2nd District. Anthony Williams check out what he has done and what he is doing. These other guys/gals talk a lot but where were they on the issues, never see them, never saw them til now. All they do is sit behind a desk.. They don't come to people like us, but Williams has for years. He has earned the right to represent us because he always has. Ms Maureen Forte's praised him on her show as well. Go to www.voteanthonywwilliams.com he is not just out to make a name for himself he is out to bring the district back to the people. Galvanize support for him if you really want the right man in office. Take look, don't take my word. See for yourselves.
Judity F. January 09, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Check out www.voteAnthonyWWilliams.com Compare, then decide. If Debbie was such a tireless worker and cared about our district why hasn't she spoken out on any of the issues affecting us from the time she lost the seat? This goes for the rest of the contenders. I support Anthony W. Williams who does work tirelessly unlike those currently in office, the newly elected and others running. When have they personally advocated for us on any issue? Did they advocate for Rocky when his school insurance capped and the state was about to yank benefits from him: the state stealing from retirees' pensions, closing mental health clinics, hospitals? Yet silence among those who say they will see that we receive justice. I guess not one issue was important enough to anyone except Anthony W. Williams resulting in Clark keeping insurance status, 40k coming forward and retirees receiving refunds. Williams was blocking projects in Englewood, etc. before Gardner. Think how much more he would do once elected! Don't vote for people just because "they have been there, they are there or they say what they will do when they get there. Go by what they have and are doing. Give votes to those who have EARNED them.

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