House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a republican from Yorkville, said Tuesday he's not giving his opinion on who should be chosen to replace Jack Ryan as the GOP's candidate.
He said Mike Ditka has name recognition, which is a positive and other than that, he doesn't know much about Ditka.
Ditka has said he's thinking about a run. Hastert said there are a bunch of possible candidates, including some who ran in the primary who are being vetted right now.
He said the decision will be up to the Illinois Republican State Central Committee.