Jeanne Ives


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.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is changing his campaign strategy against Republican primary opponent Jeanne Ives. Previously, he dismissed her as a "fringe candidate.” But now he’s spending money on a TV attack ad, attempting to link Ives to Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives says her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner is an "accurate representation" of policies her rival has endorsed.

Jim Meadows / Jeanne Ives / Brian Mackey


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.

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