Madison County regional superintendent of schools Bob Daiber (D) “filed petitions Wednesday to run for the Democratic nomination for governor in the March 20 primary. Daiber said he filed 9,500 signatures, while 5,000 valid signatures are needed.” (State Journal-Register)
BAD PRESS. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) promoted “kudos from a group led by a self-styled taxpayer watchdog who contends Abraham Lincoln fought the Civil War to keep collecting taxes from Southern states, not over the issue of slavery.” (Chicago Tribune)
The National Review‘s cover depicts Rauner as “The Worst Republican Governor in America,” citing his “betrayal” for legalizing taxpayer-funded abortions, which “capped a season of defeats for conservatives, including an income-tax hike, a big bailout of Chicago’s public schools, and turning Illinois into what critics of illegal immigration are calling a ‘sanctuary state.’” (National Review)
Meanwhile, venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) and philanthropist Chris Kennedy’s (D) disclosures show a number of notable investments. “Kennedy … listed companies linked to defense, tobacco and oil interests among the hundreds he named in the economic interest statement he filed Monday with the Illinois secretary of state. … Kennedy also lists stocks in Amazon. Chicago is one of several cities vying for the company’s second headquarters.”
“Pritzker’s extensive filing … shows a partnership interest in Energy Transfer Partners LP, a pipeline operator that constructed and is a part-owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. State Assistant House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D) endorsed Pritzker on Wednesday. (release)
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