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Newly-released campaign finance reports show it’ll take a lot of money to be the next governor of Illinois.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ameya Pawar wants Illinois to move towards free tuition for state universities. And the Chicago alderman says one way to do it is to spend more on capitol development at state college campuses.

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Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate.

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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.

Pritzker Chooses Stratton as His 2018 Running Mate

Aug 10, 2017
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J.B. Pritzker announced his running mate today as he pursues the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

Pritzker’s pick for lieutenant governor is State Representative Juliana Stratton of Chicago.

Pritzker and other Democrats have been focusing a lot on issues affecting African-American voters.

At a rally in Chicago - Stratton - who’s black - said her community has been on the wrong side of the criminal justice system for too long.

STRATTON: We have been ignored and suffered decades of disinvestment.

Democrat Chris Kennedy Talks Taxes

Jun 7, 2017

The Democratic candidate for governor criticized politicians who hold elected office while also working as property tax lawyers.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says talk of impeaching President Donald Trump is premature.

That's at odds with positions taken last week by at least three of the Democrats running for governor in Illinois.

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Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is launching the first television ads of the Democratic primary for Illinois governor. Pritzker's campaign is releasing a 60-second ad statewide today.  The introductory ad is aimed at helping voters get to know Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune who doesn't have the name recognition of some of his rivals, especially outside of Chicago. 

Kurt Summers Passes on Bid for Governor in 2018

Apr 26, 2017

Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers says he will NOT run for Illinois governor. Instead - he’s endorsing one of the Democrats hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.

Summers went so far as to ask Cook County Democratic Party leaders for their endorsement. But today - Summers said he’s not running for governor, without really explaining why.

He endorsed billionaire venture capitalist JB Pritzker, saying Pritzker would best serve the African-American community as governor.

Pawar Touts Roosevelt-esque 'New Deal' for Illinois

Apr 4, 2017
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A self-described “underdog” in the race for Illinois governor says he already has a plan to address the state’s ailing economy.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is one of six contenders for the Democratic bid for governor in 2018. Pawar says he strongly favors a progressive tax structure -- meaning, higher taxes on the wealthy.

“But there are other things we can do as well. If we want to cut costs and cut the prison population, then let’s legalize and properly regulate the sale of marijuana. So you generate revenue, but you solve a social problem while you’re doing it.

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Peoria’s diversity was on full display during a pro-immigrant rally at the Gateway Building Sun.

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There are six Democrats considering a run for Illinois Governor and the chance go mano-e-mano with Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.  On Monday, Cook County Democratic Party bosses heard from each of them in turn as they asked for the party’s endorsement.

Pritzker Explores Bid for Governor in 2018

Mar 14, 2017

J. B. Pritzker says he’s putting 200-thousand dollars of his own money toward a possible run for Illinois governor. The Democratic billionaire today formed an official exploratory committee.

Other Democrats Pritzker may face in next year’s primary include Chris Kennedy, the nephew of former President John Kennedy; Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar; and Bob Daiber, the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools.

Chicago Alderman Announces Candidacy for Governor

Jan 3, 2017

A Chicago alderman says he’s running for Illinois governor.