2018 Governor's Race


A Democratic State Senator from Evanston is running for governor. Daniel Biss announced live on Facebook today that he is a candidate, then took questions from viewers.

Biss has served in the Illinois legislature since 2011, first in the House and now in the Senate.

He has been an outspoken critic of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, leading a PAC called “Leading Illinois For Tomorrow.” It paid for millions of dollars in advertising trying to link Rauner with then-candidate Donald Trump in the minds of voters.


Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has taken the first formal step toward a 2018 challenge to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Democrat says he filed paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Tuesday to form an exploratory committee. He says he's contributing $200,000 to cover the committee's day-to-day operations.

Pritzker is an investor and philanthropist who has the personal fortune to compete with Rauner's wealth.


Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it.

The congresswoman from East Moline and the 17th District Monday said she will run for re-election next year instead.

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The annual Rainbow Push Martin Luther King breakfast in Chicago is always full of current and hopeful future politicians.

And this year, possible candidates for governor were looking to shake a few voters’ hands. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he’ll run again, kicked off the breakfast with a bill signing.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul was thought to be a possible Democratic challenger, but he was spotted taking another potential candidate, Chris Kennedy, around the room. Kennedy says he’s still thinking about running.


A Chicago alderman says he’s running for Illinois governor.

Ameya Pawar announced his candidacy Tuesday.

The Democrat says he’s running for governor because he wants to tackle income inequality.

I think it’s time to talk about a progressive vision,” Pawar said. “And stop talking about the status quo or busting unions or reducing benefits or declaring bankruptcy. I just think that’s a race to the bottom.”

Pawar says he’ll advocate for universal daycare in his campaign.