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Biss to Name New Running Mate Today

The Democratic candidates have different opening proposals for a debate schedule.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 8, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Speculation is that state Sen. Daniel Biss (D) will announce today that state Rep. Litesa Wallace (D) will replace Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate. (Chicago Tribune/Chicago Sun-Times/Politico)

Rep. Brad Schneider (D), who unendorsed Biss after he picked Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate, is “not planning on making any endorsements until at least after petitions are filed,” a spokesman said. (Capitol Fax)

HOW HIS UNCLE WON THE PRESIDENCY. Philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) on Thursday challenged his primary opponents to “at least five statewide televised debates beginning in January 2018 and concluding before the Democratic primary” with “a minimum of two of the televised debates take place outside of the Chicago media market.”

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker’s (D) campaign says he wants to participate in “at least five debates and he’s enjoyed the 15 forums he’s already attended across the state.” Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar (D) said the debates should “happen now” rather than wait until January. State Rep. Scott Drury (D) called for “10 televised debates, with at least 4 taking place in Central and Southern Illinois.” (Capitol Fax)

Pritzker, Kennedy, Pawar, and Biss will participate in an LGBTQ forum on Dec. 6. (NBC Chicago)

WHEN THERE’S A WILL. Pawar reported his largest individual contribution yet: “$250,000 contribution from Will Hobert, the founder of WH Trading, a high-speeding trading firm which had previously contributed $11K to the campaign.” (Capitol Fax)

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