5th District special primary on March 3

It seems unlikely that the 5th district (nice middle class area on the Northside of Chicago) will vote Republican in the special election, so the race will probably be more or less “decided” by the Democratic primary.

So who all’s running? And who are they? What are their qualifications, reputations, platforms?

I’m hoping to incite a conversation here. I suppose I’d settle for links to compare/contrast data on the candidates.

BTW, does anyone know why the vacated Senate seat was filled by gubernatorial [del]auction[/del] appointment, and the House seat gets an election?