Biss Launches Rauner Challenge

Cheri Bustos spent five figures exploring a statewide bid.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 20, 2017, 11:16 a.m.

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D) on Monday an­nounced he would run for the nom­in­a­tion to chal­lenge Gov. Bruce Rau­ner (R) in 2018, lam­bast­ing “bilion­aires” and “spe­cial in­terests.”

Biss on Face­book: “I’m run­ning for gov­ernor of Illinois be­cause it’s time to start solv­ing prob­lems.” (re­lease)

“Last year, Biss headed a fed­er­al su­per polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee called Lead­ing Illinois for To­mor­row. It made about $10 mil­lion in in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ures, largely for TV ads that sought to link Rau­ner to Trump, who was then the GOP pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee.” (Chica­go Tribune)

AC­COUNT­ING. Rep. Cheri Bus­tos (D-17) re­por­ted last week spend­ing $50,000 from her reelec­tion ac­count on ex­plor­ing a bid for gov­ernor, which she has since aban­doned. (Hot­line re­port­ing)


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