Choosing a lieutenant governor

Aug 28, 2013

For the first time, candidates for governor in Illinois will choose their second in command. They used to get stuck with whomever primary voters choose for lieutenant governor, whether the two got along or not.  It's an opportunity for candidates to find a running mate they work well with, or perhaps someone to balance out the ticket. It's expected at least some of the six men will try to broaden their appeal by pairing up with a woman, or to someone from a different part of the state. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, the new selection process might also have unintended consequences: