Tio Hardiman

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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.  

The Democratic candidates for Illinois governor are increasingly getting asked what they think of their own party’s leader, House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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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.

Hardiman Names Patricia Avery as 2018 Running Mate

Aug 10, 2017

Democratic candidate for governor Tio Hardiman says he chose Patricia Avery as his running mate because of her connections and her resume.

Speaking in Champaign today at an event announcing Avery’s candidacy for lieutenant governor, Hardiman says her experience was a big factor in his choice.