Joel Pollak, 32, (graduate of Niles North, Harvard College, Harvard Law School), wants Jan Schakowsky's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The six-term liberal Democrat seems a good fit for her district, which covers parts of the north suburbs and Chicago's North Side, and she won in 2008 with 75 percent of the vote. But this year promises to be different. Just ask Martha Coakley or Jon Corzine.
And Pollak, an Orthodox Jew born in South Africa, is a formidable young Republican.