2018 elections

State Rep. Ives Will Oppose Rauner In Primary

Oct 30, 2017
jeanneives.org

A state representative from Wheaton has begun circulating petitions in an effort to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in next year's Republican primary. 

Jeanne Ives, who has been in the Illinois House since 2013, has been critical of Rauner for signing certain legislation, including a plan that allows public funds to pay for abortions.  She is considered among the legislature’s more conservative members. 

This week an open letter citing example after example of a culture of sexual harassment against women in Springfield shook the Illinois State Capitol.

With that context, the five men running for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor met last night for a forum in a crowded room at the University of Illinois Chicago. The fact that all the candidates are men was not lost on anyone.

Pawar Drops Out Of Democratic Gubernatorial Race

Oct 12, 2017

Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar withdrew from the crowded Democratic race for Illinois governor today and announced he is launching a new political action committee.

In an email blast from his campaign office, Pawar noted that his campaign had raised $828,000 from 2,526 donors, but he said he would have to take on more personal debt or cut campaign staff to expand the campaign “to a scope that could earn the nomination.” He decided against either option.

A former candidate for Rockford mayor is running for lieutenant governor. Brian Leggero announced Wednesday that he was asked by Republican gubernatorial candidate William J. Kelly to be his running mate.

 

Illinois state Rep. Carol Sente says she won't run for re-election in 2018.

The Vernon Hills Democrat tells the Daily Herald that she met with House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday to tell him about her decision.

Sente's been in office since 2009. She says she initially planned to be in office for between eight and 12 years.

Sente is one of a handful of Illinois state lawmakers who recently said they're stepping down, including Northbrook Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

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