3 Candidates Launch New Ads

J.B. Pritzker gave his campaign another $7 million.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 5, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

“State Sen. Daniel Biss (D) released a new television ad Friday” in which “Biss and his running mate state Rep. Litesa Wallace … ask Illinois voters to give them a shot in the race’s final weeks. … ‘Most people didn’t give us much of a chance,’ Biss says in the 30-second TV spot. ‘But there’s even less of a chance those billionaires will fix a broken system that benefits them.’” (WMAQ)

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) released a new TV ad on Sunday that accuses Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) of “lying so much, he reminds us of another Chicago politician,” in reference to former President Obama. (release)

Rauner is out with another ad that calls Ives state House Speaker Mike Madigan’s (D) “favorite Republican,” in reference to an editorial board meeting in which she said she wouldn’t “immediately” roll back a tax hike. (Capitol Fax)

TRUMPING TRUMP. Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) gave his campaign another $7 million last week. (Illinois Sunshine) “Pritzker … has now poured a total of $63 million of his own money into the race. That staggering number is nearly equal to the $66 million that President Donald Trump poured into his entire 2016 campaign.” (WMAQ)

“Biss just reported $75K from Shook Hardy & Bacon attorney Gary Elden, bringing his total Biss contributions to $200,000. Elden’s firm has represented most of the big tobacco companies and some large pharmaceutical companies. And Chris Kennedy (D) just reported raising $84,500, with $50K of that coming from Florida-based SOLIC Capital Advisors.” (Capitol Fax)

“[M]ore than 25.9 percent of the money contributed to Illinois political campaigns in the past two years has come from the pockets of four men: … Rauner, … Pritzker, Rauner supporter Kenneth Griffin and disgruntled, former Rauner supporter Richard Uihlein.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

THE OLD “I’M A FATHER” CARD. “Kennedy on Friday night escalated his attacks on … Madigan, saying he would not want any of his daughters to intern in Springfield following disclosures of harassment in the Illinois House leader’s political operation. … Unlike previous forums, the Friday night debate was largely free of confrontation among the top-tier contenders. … Not much new ground was broken.” (Chicago Tribune)

The Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board endorsed Rauner for renomination. (Sauk Valley Media)


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