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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.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his long-awaited announcement that he is seeking re-election. The first term Republican issued a video Monday morning that features him riding his motorcycle through Illinois. It focuses on the agenda he has pushed since taking office, including property tax relief.     

In the video, he talks about battles waged with the General Assembly, adding that that he has won some and lost some, but “chooses to fight.”

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.

 

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A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

 

 

 

Let’s start at the end of the night. Community organizer Tio Hardiman certainly got the crowd’s attention with his closing statement with cameos by challengers State Sen. Daniel Biss and businessman Chris Kennedy.

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