Campaigns waited in a long line, despite a forecast of snow, so that they could get their petitions in. Some candidates send staffers as surrogates, including Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and one of his four Republican challengers, Bruce Rauner.
Another Republican, Treasurer Dan Rutherford, sent his lieutenant governor candidate in his stead.But other candidates for governor went themselves. Like GOP Senator Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale:
"We are so grateful to everybody that signed our petition and passed our petition in all of the counties of Illinois."
And GOP Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington, who said he arrived at7:15 a.m.:
"It's strategic, you want to have your name first on the ballot. But it's also tradition.”
A little-heard-from Democratic challenger, former Ceasefire program director Tio Hardiman of Chicago, also filed his own petitions.
"I'm more than confident that we have more than enough signatures to secure our place on the ballot, totally confident."
It’s not expected anyone else will run for governor, but candidates can file through Dec. 2.