2018 Governor's Race

 

Five Democratic candidates for governor gathered Thursday in a small conference room in downtown Chicago to explain their strategies and seek a key endorsement for the 2018 general election.

But recent Democratic losses in five special elections around the country have party committeemen wondering how best to take on Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner. An endorsement from the Cook County Democratic Party would mean support of some of the most powerful elected officials in the area — plus resources, staff and volunteers.

Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scott Drury is voicing frustrations with his own party as a key part of his campaign.

Drury is the only Democratic state representative who didn’t vote for Michael Madigan to be House Speaker. He says the state party, which Madigan leads, is about winning at any cost. This, in his opinion, is why his party did not vote to raise the minimum wage when it controlled the governor’s office and had super-majorities in the House and Senate.

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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury said he's running for Illinois governor.

The former assistant U.S. attorney from the Chicago suburb of Highwood announced his 2018 bid on Tuesday.

In a news release, Drury said he'll be the independent Democrat in the race.

In January, he was the only Democrat not to vote in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan's election to a 17th term as speaker. Madigan also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

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A Democrat running for Illinois governor in 2018 is calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

J.B. Pritzker said in a statement Wednesday the House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings. He says there are "credible reports" that Trump "obstructed justice in the investigation of the Russian hacking of our democracy."

Pritzker was a top supporter of Hillary Clinton, helping raise millions for her unsuccessful campaign against Trump. The Chicago billionaire says calling for impeachment is "not something done lightly" but that it's necessary.

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A proposal brought by a Democratic gubernatorial candidate to provide taxpayer matching funds for small contributions to political hopefuls has won Illinois Senate approval.

It was the second attempt by state Sen. Daniel Biss for such legislation. The Evanston Democrat failed to win a majority earlier this month.

The plan of SB1424 would match contributions of $25 to $150 with taxpayer money. The match would be six times the amount of the contribution.

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