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Monday, Mar 5, 2018 at 10:43 AM

A Look at the Democrats Running for Illinois Governor

Six Democrats are running to become the party's nominee for Illinois governor.View gallery »

  • J.B. Pritzker
  • Chris Kennedy
  • Daniel Biss
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 1:56 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

As the race for Illinois governor continues to heat up, take a look at the candidates vying for the job.View gallery »

  • Bruce Rauner (R)
  • Jeanne Ives (R)
  • Daniel Biss (D)
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

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  • Bruce Rauner (R)
  • Daniel Biss (D)
  • Bob Daiber (D)
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NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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