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DECEMBER 13, 2017

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by MCA

Illinois’ primary election is less than 100 days away and several of the gubernatorial candidates are reporting record-breaking amounts of campaign funds.  Governor Rauner currently has over $65 million available after raising more than $72 million.  JB Pritzker, Democratic candidate and heir to the Hyatt Hotels chain, has self-funded to the tune of more than $42 million and has $21 million available.  Both Governor Rauner and Mr. Pritzker have spent a significant amount of money on television ads which have been running statewide for some time.

Governor Rauner’s primary opponent, Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), only recently declared her candidacy.  It will be an uphill fight for Representative Ives, who has less than $500,000. at this time.  However, her staunchly conservative platform is to the right of Governor Rauner’s and she is likely to draw significant support away from the Governor on issues such as immigration.

The remaining viable candidates for the Democratic primary nomination are Christopher Kennedy and Senator Daniel Biss.  Senator Biss (D-Evanston) has raised about $3.7 million and has $2.8 million on hand.  Mr. Kennedy has raised about $3.1 million and has about $1.6 million on hand.  Mr. Kennedy and Senator Biss are expected to begin airing campaign commercials after the New Year.

DECEMBER 6, 2017

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by MCA

2018 promises to be an exciting election year. The following offices are up for election:

  • All constitutional officers – Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer and Attorney General (the Governor and Lt. Governor must run as a team);
  • All 118 districts of the Illinois House and 39 of the 59 Senate districts;
  • All of Illinois’ 18 congressional districts;
  • All county offices: county boards, clerks, treasurers, sheriffs and assessors; and
  • All sanitary district elected positions, including the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago.

The deadline to file candidate petitions to be on the ballot for the March 20, 2018 primary election was Monday, December 4, 2017. There are a record number of sitting members of the General Assembly that have announced that they will not run again, and there are a record number of petition filings at the State Board of Elections: 340 candidates for the 157 districts at play. The next step in the process is the objection period; once that is concluded, the ballot names will be finalized and we will update you on the major races.

For now, the primary race for Governor is gaining the most attention. Governor Rauner is running for reelection and faces Jeanne Ives, a very conservative member of the Illinois House from Wheaton. On the Democratic side, the candidates include multibillionaire JB Pritzker of Chicago; Chris Kennedy of the storied Kennedy family; Daniel Biss, a sitting state Senator from Evanston; downstate educator Robert Daiber; and anti-violence advocate Tio Hardiman.