Illinois Governor's Race Update on Money Fight in Illinois Governor's Race By Illinois Public Radio • Jul 17, 2018 We have a better picture of the money fight that’s happening in the race for Illinois governor. Both of the major party candidates have largely funded their own campaigns. They’re both really rich. Third Party Candidate Hopes to Enter Illinois Governor's Race By Illinois Public Radio • Apr 19, 2018 Associated Press Another candidate is complicating Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign. Thursday, state Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, announced a third-party bid for the state’s top office. Sen. Durbin Not Interested in Speculation About Him Running for Governor By Illinois Public Radio • Jun 13, 2016 File photo As the Illinois government budget stalemate continues, Democrats are thinking about who might challenge Governor Bruce Rauner … in 2018.