Suburban Democrats for Quinn?
Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign sent us a list of 70 Democratic Party county chairmen who support his re-election bid over former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.
The suburban names are largely all there:
DuPage - Bob Peickert
Kane - Mark Guethle
McHenry - Mike Bissett
Will - Scott Pyles
And last week the Cook County Democratic Party slated Quinn as their favored nominee.
So missing from the suburban list is just state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat and head of the Lake County party. Is he backing Daley?
He isn't. He's not backing Quinn, either.
"I'm staying neutral," Link said. "I've got plenty of time."
Link says the fact that he's a sitting state lawmaker puts him in a unique and potentially tricky spot. Lawmakers still could vote this year on a contentious pensions proposal, among other things.
And in the fall, lawmakers are supposed to weigh in on Quinn's vetoes. Backing Quinn - or not - at this point might look bad one way or the other, he said. Link might make a decision late in the year.
Do the endorsements even matter? In the March primary, they could, Link said. A typical low-turnout primary heavy with party die-hards could be influenced by the opinions of local leaders.
"In a primary, it makes a considerable difference," Link said.