Published: Thu, March 22, 2018

Rauner, Pritzker win IL primaries, will square off in governor's race

Rauner, Pritzker win IL primaries, will square off in governor's race

Mr. Rauner's tenure has been marked by a budget impasse that paralyzed IL, especially social-service agencies, arts organizations and public universities that depend on state funding. Geographically, Ives was strong in the suburbs of Chicago and won a band of counties south of Springfield.

Rauner's personal fortune has been estimated at or near $1 billion.

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker secured the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for governor on Tuesday, after spending tens of millions of dollars of his own money to vault over the other major candidates in the race, including progressive state Sen. "And it's clear that the voters just aren't buying it. Look at the results that he had yesterday in his campaign", Pritzker said.

And given the difference in momentum, political leaders from both parties think Rauner may already be doomed come November 6.

She also wants to take on what she sees to be a corrupt political machine run by Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat.

Chicago state Sen. Ira Silverstein (D) was ousted after a 20-year career. "I work with the Trump administration to help the people of IL just like I work with the Obama administration to help the people of IL". "It's been a stalemate". Bernie Sanders, who won Illinois's 3rd Congressional District by 9 points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Lance Yednock is among the down-ticket candidates who may have benefited from Pritzker's odometer.

"To those around the state of IL who wanted to send me a message, let me be clear", Rauner said.

"He's got some plans about trying to right the ship in IL, without being overly pugnacious about it", Yednock said.

"We've got some work to do for the next eight months because we're going to go out and beat Bruce Rauner".

Two inordinately wealthy front-runners - Republican millionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker - are trying to survive tough primaries.

Rauner's campaign has tried to push the blame to Madigan, with Rauner even telling reporters, "I'm not in charge" of the state. But on other issues, like implementing a $15 minimum wage, Biss, Kennedy, and Pritzker were all on the same page. Leading up to the primary Tuesday, two polls had Rauner and Ives neck and neck, a GOP consultant told The Daily Caller News Foundation. "We can do this", Rauner told supporters on Tuesday.

Rauner acknowledged the close shave and repudiation by a large portion of the bloc that installed him in 2014.

"This campaign is about a fight for economic security, about jobs and wages, healthcare and education and human services, for working families in IL", said Pritzker.

But did he get the message too late? Downstate, Rauner had a slight lead over Ives. "If Rauner wins tonight, Pritzker wins in November. Those two actually have a lot more in common than Jeanne Ives".

Asked if Rauner was apprehensive about Ives' intra-party challenge, La Salle County GOP chairman Don Jensen didn't mince words: "I think he's been nervous for quite a while". "This past year he betrayed every conservative in the state".

The huge cost of running for office in IL not only crushed Biss and Kennedy, but forced another candidate out of the contest as well.

"You know as I know that Bruce Rauner had to be challenged in this election". The state succeed in passing a budget only after the Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives overrode Rauner's veto last summer.

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