The nine committeepeople charged with appointing someone to fill state Sen. Heather Steans’ (D-Chicago) 7th District seat will meet Saturday for the appointment, and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) is considered the frontrunner.

The candidates hoping to be appointed to state Sen. Heather Steans’ (D-Chicago) 7th District seat following her resignation last month have different takes on the party-led process currently underway to fill her seat.

The six candidates weighed in on the process during a virtual forum hosted Monday night by 40th and 47th Ward Democratic organizations, who organized the event with the goal of making the appointment process more transparent. Candidates also weighed in on topics including workers’ rights, police reform and the state’s budget crisis.

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