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Jeanne Ives, Republican State Rep Circulating Petition for Rauner Primary Challenge

Chicago Tribune 29 October 2017 No Comment

A three-term lawmaker from Wheaton said Saturday that she has begun circulating candidacy petitions to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary.

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Rep. Jeanne Ives, who has been weighing whether to make the race for weeks, also selected as her running mate a little-known former one-term lawmaker. Richard Morthland of Cordova is now a Rock Island County Board member after serving in the Illinois House from 2011 to 2013. He was defeated for re-election by Democratic Rep. Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale.

Ives said she does not plan on making a formal candidacy announcement until securing the signatures needed to appear on the March 20 primary ballot. Candidates for governor need a minimum of 5,000 valid signatures by Dec. 4 to qualify.

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