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  Sordid Pasts, Hefty Pockets at Fore of Illinois Senate Race
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News DateSunday, March 14, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionToday, all the U.S. Senate candidates in Illinois can talk about is their drug use.

Last week, it was wife beating.

The week before? How much money each candidate had in the bank.

The race to fill the open seat currently held by Republican Sen. Peter Fitzgerald has drawn a host of wealthy candidates seven of the 15 contenders vying in the Tuesday primary are millionaires. It also has unleashed a Jerry Springer-esque debate over personal morals, drug use and messy divorces.

In Illinois, where politics and controversy often go hand in hand, the Senate primary race has voters and even candidates shaking their heads in bewilderment.

"This is going always to be known as the drugs-slash-sex election," said Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer and one of the eight Democratic candidates. "It's like 'Sex and the City,' but it's sex and politics. I'd be on the front page and be leading all the polls if my husband had tried to beat me. It's ridiculous."
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