Democrats hoping to fill the Senate seat formerly held by Jesse Jackson Jr., started filing their candidacy petitions.
Five people filed early Thursday morning, all hoping for a top spot on the ballot.
A lottery next Tuesday will determine who gets that coveted spot in the special primary on Feb. 28.
Among those filing so far, 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale, (9th Ward), state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former state Rep. Robin Kelly, state Sen-elect Napoleon Harris, and Clifford Eagleton of Harvey.
No Republican candidates have field in the heavy Democratic, 2nd Congressional District.
The deadline for filing is Monday, Jan. 7.