• IL-07: Despite raising just $8,000 for her primary challenge against Rep. Danny Davis last quarter, gun safety activist Kina Collins tells ABC7 Chicago's Craig Wall that she's since brought in $600,000 thanks to a benefit concert that The Strokes will host on her behalf next month. The critically acclaimed indie rock band staged a similar concert for Collins' last bid in 2022 after the candidate and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas reportedly "hit it off" at a party in New York, according to Variety's Ethan Shanfeld.
Davis faces several opponents looking to unseat him in Illinois' March 19 Democratic primary, including Collins, Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, and Kouri Marshall, a former aide to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. In 2022, Collins came very close to defeating Davis, who survived their primary faceoff with a narrow 52-46 win.
That was by far the tightest race of Davis' long career, though the congressman, now 82, is hoping to extend his service to a 15th term. Wall reports that Davis "downplayed his age" in their recent interview, but he noted that a since-deleted image on the representative's campaign website depicted an "AI-generated photo of Davis, looking younger and thinner." A staffer "admitted she generated the AI photo because she had a hard time getting Davis to get well-groomed for a photo shoot."