The competition is fierce!
Good news though, I've accepted a position with the VIllage of Hoffman Estates, IL a western suburb of Chicago. They actually met my salary requirements too! I start on Jan 20th so I'll hopefully be posting a quick message at that time from my new office.
My wife had a baby daughter on December 30, 2002. She was 8lb, 3oz. and 19.5 inches long.