Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on Wednesday released a new TV ad highlighting the school funding bill he signed in August. The ad calls it provides “the highest level of funding for Illinois public education ever” and closes by saying, “There’s a long way to go. And it won’t be easy. But Illinois is worth fighting for.” (Capitol Fax)
GOLD, JERRY! Former Rep. Jerry Costello (D) endorsed billionaire J.B. Pritzker (D) on Wednesday.
“I believe J.B. Pritzker is the type of person who will bring people together to get things done for the metro-east, Southern Illinois and the state.” (Belleville News-Democrat)
STAGE LIGHTS. “A day after the two Democratic primary frontrunners bickered over attendance at a forum, all seven candidates for governor kept things civil at a debate hosted by Whitney Young Magnet High School on Wednesday evening on the city’s Near West Side.
State Sen. Daniel Biss (D) and Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar (D) “were in lock-step with Pritzker and” philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) “in calling for a progressive income tax, changing the funding formula for Chicago Public Schools, raising the minimum wage, reinstating funding for mental health facilities, protecting DACA recipients and banning assault weapons.” Regional schools superintendent Bob Daiber (D), “anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman; and small-business owner Alex Paterakis joined the other candidates in hammering … Rauner as a crony of President Donald Trump pandering to corporate interests.”
“The only time Pritzker called out Kennedy by name was to agree with him that the state should increase investment in Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab to improve the state’s renewable energy prospects.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
NEXT UP. “Seven Democratic candidates … will square off Oct. 18 in a breakfast forum hosted by the Daily Herald, Daily Herald Business Ledger and ABC 7.” (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)