If the first poll of the season is accurate, the solid if early front-runner is [Mike] Quigley, whose battles with county President Todd Stroger over raising taxes and slashing waste have earned him pages of good publicity.
According to a poll conducted for his campaign by Alabama-based Anzalone Liszt Research, Mr. Quigley leads with 19%, to 11% for Ms. Feigenholtz and 8% for Mr. Fritchey. The remainder (55%) is undecided or scattered elsewhere, with a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4%.
If Mr. O'Connor is included in the field, the Quigley margin over Ms. Feigenholtz drops, putting him at 14% to her 10%, with Mr. O'Connor at 8% and Mr. Fritchey at 7%. But there's a big question of whether Mr. O'Connor will stay in now that Mayor Richard M. Daley insists he's staying out and the Machine is disengaged. When I talked to him last week, Mr. O'Connor wasn't even sure if he was going to file.