The race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District heats up as early voting kicks off Monday.
According to NBC Chicago, early voting will take place at designated areas around the district through Feb. 23 with the primary for the April 9 special election held three days later.
Gun control has emerged as the central issue in the special election, so much so that out-of-state super PAC money has poured in to the race. Among them is a super PAC backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg which released a new ad Monday attacking the previously NRA-favored candidate Debbie Halvorson.
The crowded field has 16 Democratic candidates, including Halvorson, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former state representative Robin Kelly and former NFL player Napoleon Harris.