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Biss running to succeed Schoenberg

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State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston has announced that he plans to run to succeed State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, who announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election.

Biss, who was elected to the state House just last year, after an unsuccessful race in 2008, told suppporters in an email message this afternoon that he's already lined up endorsements from U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky, several other state senators and representatives including Robyn Gabel of Evanston, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and other local officials from around the district.

Biss said moving to the Senate "will allow me to have a bigger impact on the exact same issues I've been addressing in the House—fiscal policy, education, environmental policy, and political reform."

Biss says that to get on the ballot he will need to collect "thousands of signatures in little more than a week." He urged supporters to attend a campaign kick-off event at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge in Wilmette, and to volunteer to gather petition signatures.

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