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  CHICAGO - The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate.

 

Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature.

 

Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. He's also backing Kwame Raoul for attorney general and three Illinois Democrats looking to unseat GOP congressmen.

J.B. Pritzker is doing a listening tour with veterans. The tour included a stop in Peoria Thursday. 

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner have released a partial list of donors to a $15 million renovation of the Illinois Governor's Mansion.

A state senator has officially thrown his hat into Illinois' high-profile and expensive governor's race.

Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has made a $25 million contribution to his campaign for Illinois governor.

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Pro-choice advocates in Illinois want the candidates for governor to pledge support for a law that expands abortion coverage, and oppose any push to repeal it.

After Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law providing abortion coverage under state health insurance and Medicaid - some, like State Representative Jeanne Ives who ran against him on the GOP ticket in the primary - said it showed Rauner’s position on the issue is too liberal.

Rauner Weighs In on McCann's Bid for Governor

Apr 26, 2018

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner made his first public comments Thursday about a third party conservative who wants to challenge him in November.

Illinois State Senator Sam McCann represents part of Springfield in the legislature. He announced last week he’s running for governor as a member of the Conservative Party.

Rauner accused McCann of playing into Democrats’ hands.

McCann is being used as a pawn by Pritzker and Madigan. We’re gonna win in November.

McCann denies being a pawn - and criticized Rauner for his - quote - “liberal agenda.”

Illinois House Republicans are lashing out at a Democratic suggestion that the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

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Voters will finally have their say in Illinois' primary election Tuesday. It’s been a record-breaking year in terms of political fundraising. That’s largely because of two men. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner spent more than $65 million dollars when he was elected four years ago. As of last week, J.B. Pritzker topped that, nearing the $70 million dollar mark, and that’s just for the primary.
 

A key difference? Rauner mixes his own money with other donations whereas Pritzker has just one funder, himself.

Polls are open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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?’

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Democrat J.B. Pritzker is spending the final days of his campaign for Illinois governor defending his attachment to offshore trusts and companies. The Chicago Tribune recently detailed that Pritzker, or his associates, own several offshore companies in the Bahamas. Their assets are not subject to U.S. taxes unless they’re moved into the country.

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Another candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination has opened a campaign office in Peoria 14-days out from the election.

Peoria Sierra Club members are helping State Senator Daniel Biss and his running mate, Rockford State Representative Litesa Wallace with the office. They rallied with supporters Tuesday at the N. North St location.

Five of the Democrats running for Illinois governor met at a debate Wednesday night in Springfield. Among the prime topics was House Speaker Michael Madigan’s handing of harassment in his political organization.

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.

A former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire.

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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.

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. 

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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.  

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The Cook County Democratic Party has endorsed J-B Pritzker for Illinois governor. But other Democrats say the party should not pick a favorite for the primary. Before the endorsement, State Senator Daniel Biss told party bosses the pick shows Democrats didn’t learn any lessons from the 2016 fight between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

Pritzker Chooses Stratton as His 2018 Running Mate

Aug 10, 2017
Illinois Public Radio

J.B. Pritzker announced his running mate today as he pursues the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

Pritzker’s pick for lieutenant governor is State Representative Juliana Stratton of Chicago.

Pritzker and other Democrats have been focusing a lot on issues affecting African-American voters.

At a rally in Chicago - Stratton - who’s black - said her community has been on the wrong side of the criminal justice system for too long.

STRATTON: We have been ignored and suffered decades of disinvestment.

 

The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid in a news release. 

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FBI wiretaps from a 2008 investigation of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recorded current Democratic candidate for governor, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, speaking to Blagojevich about a state job appointment.  The previously unreleased recordings were released Wednesday. An association with the now-imprisoned Blagojevich could be politically damaging.  A Pritzker campaign statement says there is nothing untoward about the conversations.  

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says talk of impeaching President Donald Trump is premature.

That's at odds with positions taken last week by at least three of the Democrats running for governor in Illinois.

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Questions about property taxes are following Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker.  Pritzker has said he applied only one year to have property taxes reduced for a mansion he bought next to his Chicago home.  Pritzker says what he did was common and many people do it every year.

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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. 

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