Julie Hamos has decided to seek the Congressional seat vacated by Mark Kirk. A formal announcement at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park is planned for noon tomorrow. Ms. Hamos, who represented the 18th State legislative district since 1998, announced earlier this year she planned to seek a “statewide office.” That office was assumed by most to be that of attorney general, until the current attorney general, Lisa Madigan, said she would seek re-election.


Ms. Hamos joins three other Democrats in the bid for the nomination: Dan Seals of Wilmette, Elliot Richardson of Highland Park and State Senator Michael Bond of Grayslake.


In addition to three competitors, Ms. Hamos may face the challenge of being a newcomer to the district she proposes to represent. At present she resides in the Ninth Congressional District, represented by Jan Schakowsky, whose seat she took in Springfield when Ms. Schakowsky ran for Congress.


Those slated to attend the press conference to show their support for Ms. Hamos’s run for the 10th District Congressional seat include State Representatives Elaine Nekritz and Karen May; State Senators Jeffrey Schoenberg and Susan Garrett; Cook County Commissioner Larry Sufrredin; Lake County Commissioner Anne Bassi; Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstein and Northfield Township Democratic Committeeman Mike Kreloff.