8th congressional candidates make the rounds

March 18, 2012 8:42:02 AM PDT
As we count down to the Illinois Primary on Tuesday, congressional hopefuls are campaigning for votes this weekend.

It's a tough battle in the 8th Congressional District for the Democratic nomination.

The district covers some of the north and northwestern suburbs. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Tammy Duckworth are both hoping to win the seat currently held by Republican Joe Walsh.

Krishnamoorthi marched in the Palatine St. Patrick's Day parade.

The former Illinois deputy treasurer emphasizes that his experience at creating jobs makes him the better candidate.

"In this race, we have two good Democrats running," he said. "We both have our strengths, and my strength is creating jobs. That's what I've done in the private sector, and I believe that would be an invaluable experience to have in formulating legislation and policy on Capitol Hill."

Duckworth spent time in Elgin Saturday where she chatted with voters at a diner.

She said she's spending a lot of time listening to business owners and workers.

"People are really worried about jobs, especially in elgin, a town that has some challenges, a town that certainly has the workers in the capacity and the skills to really help grow the economy," she said. "But so many of the businesses here just need some investments. Small business owners are really under pressure."