Two suburban Democrats moved toward bids for Congress Tuesday, heating up the race to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth's bid for Senate.
Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg and state Sen. Mike Noland of Elgin have both indicated interest in the Northwest suburban 8th Congressional District.
Noland sent out a fundraising email to supporters Tuesday, and Krishnamoorthi said in a news release he intends to run.
"In our rapidly changing global economy, the ability of working families to reach and hold onto economic security is under threat," said Krishnamoorthi, who is president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar Inc. He was a candidate in the 8th District primary in 2012.
Noland's fundraising email hinted at a long-term campaign: "This will NOT be the only time you hear from me, when the campaign needs money, but I plan on reaching back out to you throughout this campaign to tell you about where I stand on the issues facing our nation."
State Sen. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, has also signaled a possible run. And Republican Larry Kaifesh said Monday he might consider a second chance running for the seat after losing to Duckworth in 2014.
Duckworth said at a Springfield news conference Tuesday she has talked to potential Democratic primary foes U.S. Reps. Bill Foster of Naperville and Robin Kelly of Matteson about her plans to run for the Senate seat held by Republican Mark Kirk.
Foster so far has said he plans to seriously consider a bid for U.S. Senate.