2018 gubernatorial race

Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner has begun airing TV ads attacking his Republican primary opponent — state Representative Jeanne Ives. This is a departure from his previous campaign strategy.

Until now, Rauner has dismissed the Wheaton Republican as a “fringe candidate.”

Pritzker Apologizes For Comments On Race

Feb 6, 2018
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Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker is apologizing for racially insensitive comments captured on a FBI wiretap between him and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. 

Pritzker said Tuesday he regrets portions of the conversations recorded during a decade-old investigation of Blagojevich, who's now imprisoned for corruption. Pritzker is heard suggesting Blagojevich appoint Secretary of State Jesse White, calling him the "least offensive" African American.

Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

Most of the Democrats running for governor of Illinois have long since come out in favor of a graduated income tax, where wealthier people pay a higher rate on income above a certain amount. But it wasn’t until Thursday that one candidate said what he thought that amount ought to be.

The concept of a graduated income tax has been embraced by state Sen. Daniel Biss, J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, and Bob Daiber.

Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

Like most of the Democrats running for governor in Illinois, Ameya Pawer supports a graduated, or progressive, state income tax. The Chicago alderman promoted the idea during a campaign stop at the University of Illinois Urbana campus Thursday.

While Gov. Bruce Rauner says a graduated income tax would hurt the state’s economy, Pawar said it would do just the opposite.

Phil Masterton / WNIJ

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is talking about building a movement to improve the state’s political and economic climate.

But he still wouldn’t say whether he will run for re-election.

Several Republican lawmakers say Rauner lost their support after the governor signed a bill last week that allows state money to help pay for abortions.

One said a primary challenger is inevitable, though nobody has yet stepped forward.

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