They are the people who are two elections away from being a heartbeat away from being governor.
Candidates for Illinois lieutenant governor are now being introduced by their running mates.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford went first, using his Twitter feed to announce his selection of Steve Kim.
Kim ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2010. Rutherford notes that if he wins, Kim would be the first Asian-American of either party elected to statewide office in Illinois.
Meanwhile, another Republican, Kirk Dillard, visits Springfield today to introduce state Representative Jil Tracy as his running mate.