Whoever wins former Congressman Rahm Emanuel's seat in a special election has some catching up to do.
Congress is already in session and key legislation has been passed, chiefly a massive $787 billion stimulus package.
High on the to-do list for Emanuel's replacement will be making sure the 5th Congressional District gets its fair share of government largess. The district stretches from Chicago's North Side lakefront to ethnic enclaves on the northwest side and neighboring suburbs.
The primary pits well-known Chicago Democrats against each other -- from state Reps. John Fritchey and Sara Feigenholtz to Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley and longtime Chicago Alderman Patrick O'Connor.
The March 3rd primary also includes six Republicans and five Green Party candidates.
A special general election is set for April 7th.