FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo taken in Homewood, Ill., shows former U.S. Rep. D-Ill, Debbie Halvorson as she speaks to supporters in Homewood, Ill. Halvorson is one of many candidates in a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional seat. Halvorson is vying for an endorsement from Cook County Democratic Party officials during a slating meeting that will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2012 in South Holland, ill. The endorsement could be particularly valuable in the short campaign leading up to the February 26, 2012 Primary. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo taken in Homewood, Ill., shows former U.S. Rep. D-Ill,  Debbie Halvorson as she speaks to supporters in Homewood, Ill. Halvorson is one of many candidates in  a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional seat. Halvorson is vying for an endorsement from Cook County Democratic Party officials during a slating meeting that will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2012 in  South Holland, ill. The endorsement could be particularly valuable in the short campaign leading up to the February 26, 2012 Primary. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo taken in Homewood, Ill., shows former U.S. Rep. D-Ill, Debbie Halvorson as she speaks to supporters in Homewood, Ill. Halvorson is one of many candidates in a crowded field of candidates hoping to fill former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional seat. Halvorson is vying for an endorsement from Cook County Democratic Party officials during a slating meeting that will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2012 in South Holland, ill. The endorsement could be particularly valuable in the short campaign leading up to the February 26, 2012 Primary. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
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