2018 race for Illinois governor

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Governor Bruce Rauner has made his long awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election.  The first term Republican issued a video today that features him riding his motorcycle through Illinois.  It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief. In the video, he talks about battles waged with the General Assembly, adding that that he has won some and lost some.

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Democrat Chris Kennedy has selected his running mate in his campaign for Illinois governor. His choice: A good government advocate whose son was murdered earlier this year. Tony Arnold reports.

Ra Joy’s son was shot and killed in Chicago in June. "My heart is broken and it will never be fixed."

 

Joy pointed out Kennedy’s own family history - his father, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. "He was on my list because his family endured the loss of a loved one to violence."

 

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Today, the Cook County Democratic Party officially endorsed J-B Pritzker’s campaign for Illinois governor ahead of next year’s primary.

Pritzker says he doesn’t need the party’s money - the billionaire has already given his own campaign more than $21 million dollars. But the endorsement means organizational help and his name on mailers.

Pritzker addressed Cook County Democratic officials this morning (FRI).

PRITZKER: Like no other candidate in this race, I am focused on building up the party, uniting the Democratic Party.

Billionaire Ken Griffin has contributed $20 million to Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's re-election fund.  Rauner's campaign committee reported the donation from the CEO of the Chicago-based investment firm Citadel on Wednesday.