Election 2018

A Cook County Republican is running for state Treasurer. 

National politics and the recent surge of sexual harassment allegations have resulted in calls to increase the number of female candidates in the 2018 races for legislative and statewide offices. But Illinois did not necessarily follow along with these expectations.

Many local incumbents will face a primary challenge in next year’s elections.

Monday was an important date on the way to the 2018 elections. It was the beginning of the period when Illinois candidates have to file petitions with, in some cases, thousands of signatures needed to get on the ballot.

Illinois’ senior Republican Congressman has declined to endorse Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's primary election.

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A member of the Illini Democrats opened the candidates forum Monday night, with a line sure to please the party faithful:

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WSIU's Jordan Maddox explores the "Full Slate" decision, which may allow more candidates onto the Illinois ballot in 2018.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

A state representative has begun circulating petitions in an effort to challenge Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's Republican primary. 

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about the effect of money in today's political campaigns. The 2018 race for Illinois Governor is expected to be one of the most expensive in history, and Grant takes a look at what that means for candidates and for voters.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made official what's already widely known: He's seeking re-election for a second term.

Newly-released campaign finance reports show it’ll take a lot of money to be the next governor of Illinois.
 

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar dropped out of the governor’s race last week because he couldn’t raise enough money.

A democratic candidate for governor is dropping out of the race.

In an email sent to supporters, Amaya Pawar says he does not have the money to conduct a meaningful statewide campaign.

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.


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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

Rockford-Area State Representative Tapped For Lieutenant Governor Run

Sep 8, 2017

Illinois State Representative Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, will be the new running mate for State Sen. Daniel Biss in his campaign for the governor's office.

With Labor Day parades across Illinois Monday, Democratic politicians are thinking about how to win back the once-solid support of union members.

Cairo's Mayor is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar's choice for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

A website that popped up this month asks a question as its URL: arethereanywomenrunningforilgovernor.com. It then very simply answers it with a bright red "NO." A group of professional women in the state are behind the effort to draw attention to the issue.

Five Democratic candidates for governor gathered in a small conference room in downtown Chicago on Thursday to explain their strategy and seek a key endorsement.

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

Drury is the only Democratic state representative who did not vote for Michael Madigan to be House Speaker.

Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury, from the Chicago suburb of Highwood, is entering the race for Illinois governor.

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J.B. Pritzker brought his campaign for governor to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Monday.  The billionaire venture capitalist is trying to establish himself as the progressive choice for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar says he will remain in the Illinois Senate rather than run for governor in 2018.

In an emailed statement Friday, the Bunker Hill resident says he plans to continue being "a strong voice for the citizens of Central Illinois" in the Legislature.

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss says he's running for Illinois governor in 2018.

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

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

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A southwest Illinois school official says he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

Robert Daiber is the Madison County regional superintendent of schools.

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Chris Kennedy announced on Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018 in what's shaping up to be a crowded race for Democrats vying to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

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