Illinois Gubernatorial Race Candidates

by Shelby Walden, correspondant 

Election day is right around the corner, and Illinois is pulling out all of the stops in the gubernatorial election.  The candidates for the two major parties have each spent millions of dollars of their own money on the race.

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Bruce Rauner (Republican) is the current governor of Illinois.  During his time as governor, Rauner has increased funding for K-12 education, worked for term limits for state officials, and prioritized rehabilitation in criminal justice with a bipartisan bill.  If he is reelected, Rauner has promised to continue to focus on fighting lobbyists.  He is running as a moderate Republican.  As governor, he has passed laws expanding publicly funded abortions and restricting immigration policies, which has alienated some members of his party.

J.B. Pritzker (Democrat) is the other candidate from a major party.  If elected, he proposes focusing on education through methods such as increased college affordability and universal preschool enrollment.  He also wants to provide a public health insurance option for all Illinois residents and include people with disabilities in making legislation that will affect them.  He also promises to fight for net neutrality in Illinois, legalize marijuana, and protect immigrant families.  He promotes a $15 minimum wage and universal background checks for gun sales in Illinois.  Furthermore, he promises to “resist Donald Trump” on his website (  Though involved in Illinois business, he is untested in politics.

Kash Jackson (Libertarian), if elected, will focus on fixing Illinois’ financial difficulties of recent years through tax reform and encouraging the economy.  He also promises to improve the criminal justice system in Illinois.  Sam McCann (Conservative) is running on a far-right platform.  If elected, he says he will work to overturn Rauner’s abortion reform and support President Trump’s immigration policy.

The election will be held on November 6th, 2018.  Students can register to vote at  In order to vote in the Illinois elections, you must be a US citizen who is 18 or older, have lived in the election precinct at least 30 days prior to the election, and cannot be registered to vote anywhere else or be serving a sentence in jail.




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