Speaking of local heroes, Illinois has a new Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th, Adam Kinzinger. A decorated former Special Ops pilot, Kinzinger saved a woman's life. Just as he got back from a mission, he found another one. News video here. The Red Cross named Adam Kinzinger hero of the year. Brave Hearts. More on his stellar background at Marathon Pundit.
As far as the Senate for 2010, Illinois is in play for the GOP. The Cook Political Report: