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2018 Illinois Governor: Primaries 3/20

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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:01 pm

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RFK’s son to run for Illinois governor: report

Former Sen. Robert Kennedy’s (D-N.Y.) son is campaigning to become Illinois’ governor, according to a new report.

Democratic businessman Chris Kennedy will try unseating Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) in 2018, The Associated Press said Wednesday.

The AP confirmed that Kennedy, whose father also served as attorney general, is launching the gubernatorial bid with campaign adviser Hanah Jubeh. ...

Kennedy may face a difficult Democratic primary, however, with the AP listing Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar as another candidate.

Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker, state Sen. Andy Manar and Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.) are all weighing individual campaigns, it added.


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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:57 pm

In the newly open AG's race:

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Trump-Russia pundit may run for Illinois AG post

A former federal prosecutor who’s become a prominent media pundit about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and White House is considering a run for office.

Renato Mariotti, who spent nearly 10 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, said Thursday he’s mulling a bid for Illinois attorney general.

“It’s something that I’ve been thinking about and considering very carefully,” he told POLITICO. “I’m trying to come up with a decision on [it] in the next week or two.”

The current attorney general, four-term Democrat Lisa Madigan, surprised the Illinois political establishment two weeks ago by announcing that she does not plan to run for re-election next year.

Mariotti, who has picked up more than 43,000 Twitter followers for his threads explaining developments in the Mueller probe and whose commentary has been featured in POLITICO, The New York Times and elsewhere, said friends and associates began texting and calling to urge him to run as soon as Madigan made her announcement. Friends and fans have started a "Draft Renato" drive. He said he expects several others will enter the race.


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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:41 pm

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Pawar drops out of Illinois governor's race

CHICAGO — In the race for Illinois governor, candidate Ameya Pawar was frequently described as an up-and-comer who had the indefinable star quality of a young Barack Obama. One thing he didn’t have: a boatload of cash.

Pawar exited the Democratic primary race for governor on Thursday — six months before the primary election — saying he couldn’t compete financially in what’s expected to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in the nation’s history.

It’s the latest reminder of the breakneck spending pace in the 2018 governor’s contest, an election that could cost more than a quarter-billion dollars when all the primary and general election spending is counted.

“We raised $828k from 2,526 donors; that is amazing. But as you know, the race for Illinois governor will set a record as the costliest race in American history,” Pawar said in a statement ending his campaign Thursday. “For democracy’s sake, I hope we see this as a troubling trend.” ...

In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, billionaire J.B. Pritzker has so far dominated party and union endorsements and has for months flooded the airwaves with ads. ...

Pritzker gave his campaign another $7 million this week alone, for a total of $28.2 million since March. At one point, a breakdown of Pritzker’s numbers suggested he was spending the equivalent $120,000 a day of his own money.


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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:34 am

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Illinois governor race more fierce, costly as primary nears

CHICAGO (AP) — The candidates for Illinois governor are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary, greeting voters and sinking more money into what's become an increasingly fierce — and expensive — contest.

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker, one of six Democrats fighting for the chance to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Democratic-leaning state, filed paperwork late Friday showing he gave his campaign an additional $6.3 million. That brings his total investment to almost $70 million — a state record and millions more than President Donald Trump spent to win the GOP presidential primary. ...

Rauner, considered one of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents running this year, faces his own primary challenge. State Rep. Jeanne Ives decided to take him on after Rauner, who was elected in 2014 with a pledge that he had no "social agenda," angered conservatives with his actions on abortion, immigration and other issues. ...

Rauner spent just over $65 million on his 2014 election, when he was one of several Republicans who won governor's races in Democratic-leaning states and set the previous record for spending by an Illinois governor candidate. He has put more than $50 million into his campaign fund since then, some of which has paid for ads blasting Pritzker.


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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:28 pm

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Early Voting for Illinois Primary Far Exceeds Last Midterm

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago.

Information compiled by the Illinois State Board of Elections shows more than 330,000 people had voted as of Sunday, and election officials say thousands more were casting ballots on Monday. The total in 2014 was just over 200,000.

While some of the increase may be due to increased awareness of and comfort with early voting, election officials say it's also because of the large number of competitive contests on the ballot.

Voters are choosing nominees for governor as well as congressional, attorney general and other races.

In Cook County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Chicago, the number of early votes cast is almost three times the 2014 number.


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Post by Chilidog » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:55 pm

I really wish that the Democrat powers that be in Illinois had picked someone better than Pritzker.

The Grecian formula hair is a big turn off. Plus, we don't need another billionaire governor.



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Post by Chilidog » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:06 pm

I voted today.

It’s too bad that the Illinois DNC squandered an opportunity to take the governor’s office back.

Pritzker is an awful candidate who will hurt the other races as well.



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Re: 2018 Illinois Governor: Primaries 3/20

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Post by Chilidog » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:52 pm

Pritzker won

This really bums me out.

The mid terms is a great chance to build on democratic enthusiasm.

And the Illinois machine runs a total buzkill of a candidate



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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:57 pm

That's a shame, Chili.


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