Illinois Democrats started the process of choosing a replacement for the late state Rep. Esther Golar of Chicago.
Alderman Raymond Lopez says Democratic committeemen from the 6th House district will meet Monday to consider candidates to serve the remainder of Golar's term. He says he wants to make sure someone who echos Golar's values is selected.
Golar represented parts of Chicago's southwest side from 2005 until her death last month at age 71. She was known as an advocate for the poor and middle class and for breaking into song on the House floor.
Under state law, her seat must be filled within a month of a vacancy. An election will be held next year.