Nationally, Henry Hyde is best known for his role as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Henry's been an effective conservative force in the house since arriving in Washington in 1975. According to this Chicago Sun-Times article, it looks like Henry's present term will be his last.
Democrats in Illinois are eyeing this seat as a pick up for their side, Democratic Congressional Committee chairman, Rep. Rahm "Gollum" Emanuel (D-Chicago) thinks so at least. Afterall, Melissa Bean defeated Phil Crane in a district with similar demographics here in the Chicago area last year.
"Gollum" won't be that lucky, if Hyde's seat is an open one next year. Crane was aloof and the Republican party in Illinois was asleep last year. With a strong GOP challenge against Governor Rod Blagojevich likely, look for the Illinois Republican party to keep Hyde's seat. And maybe defeat Bean, too.