2018 primary

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Republican candidate for Governor Jeanne Ives says she didn't like what she saw this week when students walked out their classrooms to lobby for gun control.

Ives says her campaign chairman -- the Chicago Republican Party chair -- filed a complaint with Chicago Public Schools. He alleges students were coerced into participating. Ives says students should've done it on private time...


Unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for Congress in earnest next month. He'll run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

He's also working on the first bill he'll propose if elected. Fawell believes federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Education have too much power, and he wants to return this power to the states where it belongs.

Biss Calls on Kennedy, Pritzker to Release Taxes

Mar 16, 2018
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In the final days of the Democratic primary election for Illinois governor - Daniel Biss is once again calling on his main rivals to release their full tax returns. 

State Senator Biss scolded JB Pritzker and Chris Kennedy for releasing only a portion of their tax returns.

That comes after the Chicago Tribune this week shed light on Pritzker’s relationship to offshore trusts and companies.

BISS: When they were claiming to release their tax returns in November, they just released a tiny amount of information and I thought, ‘My god, what are they hiding?’

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is not saying whether he plans to sign a bill that requires gun dealers to be licensed by the state.

Rauner says he’s been crystal clear on where he stands on gun control legislation, though he has not shown his cards for what he plans to do specifically with the gun dealer licensing bill. He could either sign it into law, or veto it.

Rauner did not indicate what he plans to do when asked today.

RAUNER: We need to have common sense bipartisan reform.


A religion professor at the University of Illinois says infrastructure would be one of his top priorities if he’s elected to Congress this fall.

Jon Ebel is one of five Democrats seeking his party’s nomination in the 13th Congressional District. Ebel says that an infrastructure bill would not only provide much-needed upgrades to roads, bridges, and rail … but it would also provide well-paying jobs.

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs returned home to Champaign County today to announce he’s backing State Senator Kwame Raoul in the crowded race for state Attorney General.

Speaking on the University of Illinois Urbana campus, Frerichs praised Senator Raoul for supporting a bill requiring insurance companies to be more proactive in paying out life insurance benefits to surviving family members.

Biss Calls For Financial Transaction Tax in Illinois

Feb 21, 2018

All the Democratic candidates for governor except Robert Marshall support a graduated state income tax in Illinois. But only Tio Hardiman and State Senator Daniel Biss support another way of taxing the wealthy --- the so-called LaSalle Street tax proposal. That’s a proposal to tax financial transactions, such as the buying and selling of stocks.

Speaking on the talk show The 21st, Biss says his support of a financial transactions tax sets him apart from the other front-running candidates.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is endorsing fellow Democrat J-B Pritzker for Illinois governor.

That’s even though Pritzker is taking heat for how he talked about African-Americans in a secretly-recorded phone call with Rod Blagojevich.


The Republican candidates for Illinois governor met before the Chicago Tribune editorial board Monday for their only joint-appearance of the primary campaign.

Governor Bruce Rauner called Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan a crook when the editorial board asked about his inability to build a relationship.

RAUNER: What hurts all of us is to take the focus away from Madigan and his network of corruption.

Rauner’s primary challenger - State Representative Jeanne Ives responded by calling Rauner’s tenure as governor “embarrassing.”


A southern Illinois Democrat in a crowded race for governor is making the case that he's got the best chance of winning in November.

Bob Daiber is a former city councilman and county board member who's now superintendent of schools in Madison County, near Saint Louis. Daiber says his pro-labor stances contrast nicely with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's so-called Turnaround Agenda. And Daiber says his own middle-class pedigree is what the Democratic Party needs to win.


AARP Illinois is launching a voter-education campaign aimed at putting pressure on state lawmakers.

Illinois attorney general candidate Sharon Fairley is outlining steps she would take to root corruption as the state’s top attorney.

Fairley says if elected she’d create a hotline for reporting corruption - and push legislation to strengthen the state’s legislative and executive watchdogs - among other proposals.

FAIRLEY: "I don’t think there’s enough energy, focus or attention right now in the office. And there’s a lot of work to be done."

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The Illinois State Board of Elections voted to allow Scott Drury, a Democratic candidate for Attorney General, to remain on the ballot.

Drury is a state representative and that's where confusion arose. 

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There is a crowded field of Democrats running in the March 2018 primary for Illinois' 13th Congressional district. But, one of the candidates is familiar to voters.

David Gill of Normal is making his sixth run for congress. Illinois Public Media’s Mark Schultz recently spoke with Gill, who says he is the best candidate to defeat incumbent Republican Rodney Davis.

He’s running against Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan, Jon Ebel, Erik Jones, and Angel Sides in the March 20, 2018 Democratic primary.


Two wealthy businessmen seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor have released partial tax returns on the same day they filed candidate petitions for the 2018 primary.