State central committeeman James Deleo, an assistant Senate majority leader, presided. He said one reason nobody was endorsed is that the district, which is strongly Democratic, is very diverse.
"It's Hispanic. It's black. It's white. It's Polish. It's Italian. It's lakefront. It's O'Hare airport. It's suburban. It's one of the most diverse districts that I've ever seen in a congressional district. This district has everything. So, I think that it's kind of very hard to come to a consensus candidate," Deleo said.
Emanuel resigned so that he could become President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff.