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Downstate Debate Cancelled After Pritzker Declines

Feb 20, 2018
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The only televised debate outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for governor has been cancelled, WCIA-TV said Monday. That’s after candidate J.B. Pritzker would not commit to attending the debate in Springfield. Speaking on WILL’s The 21st, Pritzker said he’s already done almost 50 forums and joint appearances.

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The November election race for Illinois governor cost $28 million just for the last three months of 2017. Campaign finance disclosure reports filed this week show that $9 of every $10 was spent by two candidates - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker.

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A member of the Illini Democrats opened the candidates forum Monday night, with a line sure to please the party faithful: “Thank you all for coming out tonight, the date that marks one year out from the day that we take the state back from Bruce Rauner.”


The crowd at the U of I’s Gregory Hall auditorium erupted into cheers and applause. Whichever candidates those in attendance supported, they all hoped their choice would defeat Governor Rauner next November.  

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

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss has dropped his running mate citing disagreement over a stance on Israel. 

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Illinois State Sen. David Koehler is going public with his choice for governor. On Thurs., the Peoria Democrat announced he’s throwing his support behind State Sen. Daniel Biss for the 2018 gubernatorial race.

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.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pushing legislation aimed at protecting Illinois students who take out college loans.  The plan would establish a "student loan bill of rights" outlining information companies have to provide, including all repayment options. 

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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. 

The Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate has narrowly endorsed a plan requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns.  It would mandate that presidential candidates release five years' worth of tax returns to appear on the general election ballot in Illinois. 

CHICAGO (AP) - Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is expected to announce a bid for Illinois governor.

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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.


A state senator from the Chicago suburb of Evanston is joining the race for Illinois governor.