On March 20, Illinois will hold the primary elections for the 2018 gubernatorial race. Bruce Rauner has been governor of Illinois since his victory in the 2014 gubernatorial election against Pat Quinn, who had served as governor of the state since the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich in 2009. Rauner, a Republican, will run for a second term against a slew of formidable opponents from both parties. Rauner has had a varied and sometimes controversial history as Illinois governor. He has proposed budget cuts to human services, higher education, infrastructure, medicaid and lower income tax rates. He also favors Planned Parenthood and has signed bills into law making Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. This record makes it difficult to pin Rauner’s position down, and along with the varied range of opponents makes for an interesting race.
The most prominent voice challenging Governor Rauner from his right is Jeanne Ives. Ives is an ardent Republican who favors repealing Illinois sanctuary status and keeping marijuana illegal. For Democrats, the three most well known candidates are J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, and Daniel Biss. J.B. Pritzker is a member of the Pritzker family, one of the wealthiest families in the nation and a staunch opponent of Donald Trump. Chris Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy family, supports raising the minimum wage to $15 dollars and encouraging sustainable energy. Daniel Biss, a former math professor, is in favor of legalizing marijuana and making higher education affordable. Register to vote now and educate yourself on those running.