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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Republican (incumbent) 

Bruce Rauner is the current governor of Illinois, and was elected in 2014. Before becoming governor, Rauner was a partner in the investment firm GTCR. Rauner is reported to be a billionaire.

Lt. Governor – Evelyn Sanguinetti (incumbent)

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




JB Pritzker

JB Pritzker

Democrat 

JB Pritzker is the co-founder of the Pritzker Group, an investment firm. He also created the 1871 business incubator, which focuses on technology companies. JB is a member of the Pritzker family and their Hyatt Hotel chain. He is a confirmed billionaire.

Lt. Governor – Juliana Stratton

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

I strongly oppose right to work, because it really means right to work for less money. When I’m governor, working families and the labor movement will always have a seat at the table as we work to raise wages and protect collective bargaining rights.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Marijuana should be legalized in a safe way, and it’s time we do that in Illinois. Legalizing marijuana is a key component of reforming our criminal justice system and ending the era of mass incarceration. Legalizing marijuana also raises much needed revenue for the state.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

I support term limits on legislative leaders.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Illinois should be a state where everyone feels welcome, is treated with dignity, and is provided with the opportunity achieve their full potential. I believe the TRUST Act was an important step forward, but that Illinois must do more to protect its immigrant community. As governor, I will stand up to Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrant families and make Illinois a firewall against his racist rhetoric and bigoted policies.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No. I oppose private school vouchers, including the back-door voucher program Bruce Rauner forced into SB1 while holding school funding hostage. As governor, I will repeal that part of the compromise that was passed.




Ives Jeanne

Jeanne Ives

Republican 

Jeanne Ives has been the State Representative from the 42nd district since 2012. She graduated from West Point in 1987 with a BS in Economics. After her time in the Army, Ives worked as a tax advisor and bookkeeper.

Lt. Governor – Rich Morthland

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




tio hardiman

Tio Hardiman

Democrat 

Tio Hardiman is the creator and Executive Director for Violence Interrupters, a anti-violence outreach group. His Violence Interrupters Initiative was an expansion on the older CeaseFire public health model. Hardiman earned a Master’s Degree in Inner City Studies from Northeastern University.

Lt. Governor – Patricia Avery

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

No, Illinois should not be a right to work state.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Hardiman for Governor supports the legalization of recreational marijuana with serious restrictions.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Hardiman for Governor supports term limits period.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Illinois should be a Sanctuary State.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No school dollars should be utilize to support private schools via tax credits.




Bob Daiber

Bob Daiber

Democrat 

Bob Daiber is the regional superintendent of schools for Madison County. Daiber has been elected to be President of the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents.  Before becoming an administrator, he worked in the classroom as a teacher.

Lt. Governor – Jonathan Todd

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?  

No. On March 21st, I signed a pledge that said “No” to right-to-work in Illinois, “As a Democratic candidate for Governor of the State of Illinois, I pledge not to sign right-to-work legislation that will impair working men and women’s right to collectively bargain, pay dues to their respective unions, or organize to dispute work place grievances. Furthermore, this pledge recognizes all members of labor unions inclusive of public sector employees.”

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Yes. Marijuana has become socially accepted by many citizens. I have publicly stated that I would sign the legalization of recreational marijuana into law following the passage of an advocacy referendum by the people of Illinois.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Yes, I support term limits to all statewide offices and term limits leadership in the General Assembly.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Yes, we cannot begin to deport Illinois immigrants. The parents will leave their natural- born children and we will develop a state of orphans. Illinois is a state that should pride itself on humanity.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No! There should be a clear separation of public and private funding based on separation of church and state. Illinois has begun a policy that it cannot afford. This legislation needs to be amended and public dollars should go only to public schools.




Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy 

Democrat 

Chris Kennedy is currently leading the Wolf Point real estate development in Chicago. Kennedy previously ran the Merchandise Mart. He has also served as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Lt. Governor – Ra Joy

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Daniel Biss

Daniel Biss

Democrat 

Daniel Biss currently serves as an Illinois State Senator from the 9th district. Before becoming a politician, Biss was an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago. In 1999, he won the Morgan Prize, an award for outstanding research as an undergraduate.

Lt. Governor – Litesa Wallace

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

No. Implementing right to work laws would have devastating effects on middle-class and working families. Especially in the wake of the budget crisis, with families still reeling from cuts to social services and other programs, unions are crucial advocates for fair wages, good working conditions, and established workplace rights. As a community organizer, state senator, and chair of the Senate Labor Committee, I have always defended collective bargaining rights and will continue to do so as governor.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Yes. I am a cosponsor of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. Criminalization has unfairly targeted African American communities and unnecessarily burdened taxpayers with the costs of prosecuting these low-level offenses. By legalizing and taxing marijuana, we can raise much-needed tax revenue to help balance the budget, save taxpayer money currently spent on prosecution, and take a crucial step towards ending the war on drugs.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Yes. I proposed legislation to impose term limits on the Senate President, Speaker of the House, and minority party leaders when I first joined the legislature, and will continue fighting for this reform as governor. Term limits diffuse concentrations of power that build up over years and decades, encourage new ideas, and empower rank-and-file legislators.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Yes. Everyone deserves opportunity and security, regardless of citizenship, and especially with attacks from the federal government, Illinois must protect every resident. I have been a co-sponsor of the TRUST Act since 2014 and have worked with municipalities to pass welcoming city ordinances.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No. As a middle-class father and public school parent, I do not believe we should use taxpayer dollars to subsidize private schools and their wealthy donors. As a state senator, I’ve fought to fully and fairly fund our neighborhood public schools so that every child can get the education they need to thrive.




Kash Jackson

Kash Jackson

Libertarian 

Kash Jackson served 20 years in the Navy. He is currently working to complete his Bachelor’s in criminal justice; he already holds an Associate’s in Marine Engineering. In 2016 Jackson founded Restoring Freedom, a civil rights organization that focuses on parent’s rights.

Lt. Governor – (Sanj Mohip)

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall 

Democrat 

Robert Marshall works as a radiologist across the state. He is an active member of the Burr Ridge/Willowbrook Camber of Commerce. Dr. Marshall earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

Lt. Governor – Dennis Cole

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

No.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Yes 100% been campaigning on this issue for many years. In US Senate Primary of 2010 I was the only one.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

I am for term limits – 10 years  State Reps and 12 for Senate. Same for Leg.  leaders. Must have limits on Governor to – 8 years.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Not sure about the whole state.  We have some cities and that is ok.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Yes  I support latest school bill clause for private school tax credits.




Terry Getz

Democrat 

No biographical information has been provided at this time.

Lt. Governor – (none)

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Evelyn Sanguinetti

Evelyn Sanguinetti

Republican (incumbent)

Governor – Bruce Rauner (incumbent)

Evelyn Sanguinetti is the current Lt. Governor, and has held the post since 2015. Before becoming Lt. Governor, she was an Assistant Attorney General under James Ryan. Sanguinetti earned her J.D. from John Marshall Law School.

Juliana Stratton

Juliana Stratton

Democrat

Governor – JB Pritzker

Juliana Stratton currently serves in the Illinois House, representing the 5th district. She is also the director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois Chicago. Stratton earned her J.D. from DePaul University.

Rich Morthland

Rich Morthland

Republican

Governor – Jeanne Ives

Rich Morthland is currently an Assistant Professor at Blackhawk College. He was a state representative from 2011 to 2013. Morthland has master’s degrees from both Denver Seminary and Spring Arbor University.

Patricia Avery

Patricia Avery

Democrat

Governor – Tio Hardiman

Patricia Avery recently stepped down as the President of the NAACP in Champaign County. In 2014, she was selected to serve on the Illinois African American Family Commission. Avery has also served as the Chair of the Champaign County Board.

Jonathan Todd 1

Jonathan Todd

Democrat

Governor – Bob Daiber

Jonathan Todd currently works for the Association House in Chicago, a community support organization. He has been engaged in social work for nearly two decades. Todd earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Roosevelt University.

Ra Joy

Ra Joy

Democrat

Governor – Chris Kennedy

Ra Joy is a civic entrepreneur. He has led the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics (CHANGE), an organization which has pushed for ending gerrymandering and other efforts to improve voter participation. Joy has also served as the head of the Arts Alliance Illinois for eight years.

Litesa Wallace

Litesa Wallace 

Democrat

Governor – Daniel Biss

Litesa Wallace currently serves in the Illinois House, representing the 67th district. Before becoming a politician, she was a counselor working with at-risk children. Wallace earned her doctorate from Northern Illinois University.

Dennis Cole

Democrat

Governor – Robert Marshall

No biography has been provided.

Kwame Raoul

Kwame Raoul

Democrat

Kwame Raoul is currently a State Senator in the 13th district, which he has held since 2004. He also serves as a partner at the Quarles & Brady law firm. Raoul earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Erika Harold

Erika Harold

Republican

Erika Harold currently serves on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship, an outreach program for prisoners and their families. She is also an attorney at Meyer Capel in Champaign County. Harold earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Jesse Ruiz

Jesse Ruiz

Democrat

Jesse Ruiz is currently a partner at the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the Vice president of the Chicago Board of Education. Ruiz earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Aaron Goldstein Candidate for Attorney General

Aaron Goldstein 

Democrat

Aaron Goldstein has served in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and the private sector. Goldstein was part of Rod Blagojevich’s defense team during the former governor’s corruption trial. He currently serves as the 33rd Ward Committeeman in Cook County for the Democrats.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

No. “Right to work” is really the right to work for less. I support the right of workers to bargain collectively for wages, benefits, and working conditions. The key to a strong middle class is having strong labor laws that maintain a living wage and healthy and safe working conditions.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

I believe marijuana should be legalized. One doesn’t have to be a user of marijuana to understand that the war on drugs—and the criminalization of marijuana in particular—has been an abysmal failure. Far too many of our citizens have been convicted and imprisoned for using marijuana, although little evidence exists to support our draconian drug laws.

Ironically, rather than helping our citizens, criminalization of marijuana has encouraged the development of a huge and chaotic black market, with its inevitable consequences of gang violence and harm to many innocent bystanders.

For these reasons, and based on the experience of other states that have legalized marijuana, I believe it is time to legalize marijuana in Illinois as well. It should be regulated—based on clear scientific evidence—to ensure that legal pot does not create any significant health or public safety risks to the people of Illinois and that the marijuana industry is run fairly and lawfully.

As Attorney General, I will consult with attorneys general from states that have legalized marijuana to ensure that Illinois adopts best practices in the production, distribution and sales of marijuana, and that any tax revenue Illinois derives from the sale of marijuana is used for purposes that benefit all the people, not just the few who are politically connected.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Depending on the office, I would support changes to current term limit rules, particularly for leadership positions such as Speaker of the House and President of the Senate.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Our state should not dedicate state and local resources to execute the federal government’s policy of rounding up immigrants and deporting them. I believe it is incumbent upon our political leaders in Illinois to stand up for the rights of all of us. The federal government’s current push to scapegoat immigrants is a cynical ploy to divide our people and to misrepresent the majority of people who have come to the United States to pursue a better life. Illinois is filled with hard-working, law abiding people who are talented and have made significant contributions to the city and, although they are undocumented, they are the kind of people we need to make Illinois a stronger, more prosperous and enjoyable state.

The federal government’s anti-immigrant policies will clearly set Illinois back while causing undue and unnecessary hardship for many people. As Attorney General, I will strongly defend Illinois against the federal government’s anti-immigration policies.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No, I believe in public education. I am against any expansion of charter schools, the use of vouchers or tax credits for private schools. A strong public school system is the backbone of our society and as a product of Chicago Public Schools with my two daughters going to Chicago Public Schools I know very well how great they are and important they are to our society.




Nancy Rotering

Nancy Rotering

Democrat

Nancy Rotering is currently the Mayor of the City of Highland Park. She founded the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic that provides legal services free of charge. Rotering earned her JD from the University of Chicago.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Laws that undermine union security agreements hurt the economy, workers, and families. “Right to work” is a misnomer and is an inherently misguided attempt to seize control of the workforce. As a member of the Northwest Municipal Conference Legislative Committee, when the Mayors were presented with Governor Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda,” I rejected it and refused to bring it to my city council because of, among other things, the right to work component. Right to Work legislation drives down workers’ wages, coincides with sharp increases in workplace injuries and reductions in safety precautions, and has significantly damaged those economies where implemented.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

It will be interesting to see the results of Cook County’s advisory referendum in March. On balance, I believe if polled, Illinois residents would conclude that the benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana outweigh the negatives. While legalization could increase state revenues, create a profitable new industry that would bring jobs, even more importantly, it could reduce prison crowding, and lower the cost of law enforcement. More than 50% of drug-related arrests involve possession of marijuana for personal use. As a result, prisons are crowded with non-violent, low-use drug offenders. Also, like alcohol, it should be regulated and specifically, not available to people under the age of 21.

Four states legalized recreational marijuana in November 2017, nearly doubling the number of states where recreational marijuana is legal. As more states consider joining them, a range of arguments for and against legalization raises the need for a national conversation. Until then, this conversation should continue at the state level and a decision should be made.

Illinois, along with 28 other states, passed legislation creating a medical cannabis program permitting patients with debilitating medical conditions to register with the state in order to access marijuana for medical use. As Illinois’ Attorney General, I would defend the state against any federal intrusion, and work to ensure that patients with medical conditions – including people with cancer, those who live with seizures, or veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – can continue to access the care they need.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Most attempts at limiting terms, especially of representatives in federal or in state government, have been politically motivated. Term limits are undemocratic and decrease the power of government by denying people the right to vote for the candidate who reflects their values and can take action on their behalf. Research has also shown that when states implement term limits, it simply shifts the power from elected officials to unelected staff and special interest lobbyists.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Comprehensive immigration reform that supports our economic goals and reflects our values
as both a nation of law and immigrants is long overdue. The United States is the great nation
that it is because of the generations of immigrants who have strengthened our country and
contributed to our economy. Our future depends on an immigration system that reflects our
values and meets America’s needs. But Americans know that today our immigration system is
badly broken. It separates families, undermines honest employers and workers, burdens law
enforcement, and leaves millions of people who have long ties in the community working and
living in the shadows.

As Attorney General, I support the coordinated efforts against President Trump’s push to
punish cities or states that decline to assist federal immigration enforcement. Local police
departments should not be forced to undermine the trust they hold within their local
communities to advance Trump’s shameful immigration agenda. We know that
undocumented women are at higher risk for domestic violence escalation, as they are less
likely to call the local police for help out of fear of deportation. This creates a dangerous
paradigm and the Trump administration’s calls for local police to serve as unofficial
immigration enforcement puts women and families at increased risk.

As a Mayor, I have been a tireless advocate for our immigrant families, creating a local legal
aid clinic to help our residents. At every level of American society, people of all backgrounds
contribute to our democracy, culture, and economy. We must advance the fundamental
rights and principles upon which the United States was founded, protecting the equality and
dignity of all people regardless of their background.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

For decades, public schools across the state have been unequally funded. They continue to need more resources, and many must receive additional support to overcome this disparity. Public dollars are needed for this purpose before they are used to support private schools. I will be an advocate for fair funding, recognizing that acuity levels must be addressed, related to trauma exposure, classroom readiness, and school accessibility. I will work to focus support on our public schools and will be a staunch opponent to efforts to promote the use of vouchers, both locally and nationally. Those who teach within our schools must also have the resources they need to be able to provide our children with the best education possible. We cannot afford to cut these vital resources. As Attorney General, I will support legislation and fight to protect our fragile public school system.




Renato Mariotti

Renato Mariotti

Democrat

Renato Mariotti currently works for the law firm of Thompson Coburn. He has also been a federal prosecutor, and won the first conviction for “spoofing” under the Dodd-Frank Act. Mariotti earned his J.D. from Yale.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

No, I strongly oppose “right to work” laws. Right to work laws give corporations the ability to drive down wages, diminish working conditions, reduce benefits, and otherwise reduce the bargaining power of and protections for employees. As Attorney General, I will work to level the playing field for Illinois workers. I will fight against wage theft and efforts to avoid paying earned wages. I will fight to protect the rights of workers to unionize and bargain collectively, and I will oppose any effort to restrict or undermine those rights

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Yes. I believe Illinois is ready for the legalization of marijuana. Illinois’ drug laws have been a failure across the board. I support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana, with one important caveat. We need strict safeguards in place to prevent this from becoming another insider industry in Illinois where the privileged and politically connected succeed to the detriment of working people and small businesses.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

I support changes to the current term limit rules. I believe our government needs a consistent infusion of new ideas, fresh perspective, and new leadership. Our government too often works for the benefit of political insiders and special interests, which only become more pervasive as officials and leaders maintain their positions for many terms. I am the only candidate in this race that is not a political insider and can protect the interests of Illinois residents without regard for the special interests that dominate Springfield and Chicago politics.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Yes, Illinois should be a sanctuary state. The federal government should not use state and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws, especially when the policies adopted by the federal government are contrary to the interests and values of Illinois and its people. We need local police focused on preventing the most violent and serious crimes in their communities, ridding communities of gangs, guns, and violent crime, not rounding up productive members of our communities that have thrived in this country since arriving as children.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No. public dollars should not be used to support private schools via tax credits. Private schools provide tremendous value to students and families for those families that choose to forego public school education, but a good public education must be available to all Illinois children. All public funds available for education should go to supporting and improving the public education available to Illinois children.




Sharon Fairley

Sharon Fairley

Democrat

Sharon Fairley works in the City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General. She became the Chief Administrator of the Independent police Review Authority after the death of Laquan McDonald. Fairley earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Democrat

Pat Quinn is the former governor of Illinois. He became governor after Blagojevich was removed from office. Prior to the governor’s office, Quinn served as the treasurer of Illinois. Quinn earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Scott Drury

Scott Drury

Democrat

Scott Drury is currently the State Representative for the 58th District, and has held the post since 2013. Prior to becoming a politician, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He earned his J.D. from Northwest University School of Law. Drury is also the only Democrat to not vote for Mike Madigan as Speaker of the House.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Gary Grasso

Gary Grasso 

Republican

Gary Grasso currently works for Grasso Bass, P.C. He has served as both mayor of Burr Ridge, and as a member of the DuPage County Board. Grasso earned his J.D. from Fordham University Law School.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Susana Mendoza

Susana Mendoza

Democrat (incumbent)

Susana Mendoza is the current Illinois Comptroller, and has held the post since 2016. She had previously served as both a State Representative and as Chicago City Clerk. Mendoza earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Truman State University.

Claire Ball

Claire Ball

Libertarian

Claire Ball is currently a Senior Accountant for a not-for-profit charter school. She earned her Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from DeVry University.

Darlene Senger

Darlene Senger

Republican

Darlene Senger is governor Rauner’s current deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs. She was previously at Illinois Policy. Senger also served in the General Assembly as a representative between 2009 and 2015.

Mike Frerichs

Mike Frerichs

Democrat (incumbent)

Mike Freriches is the current Treasurer for Illinois, and has held the office since 2015. Prior to becoming Treasurer, he served as a State Senator for District 52. Freriches is a Certified Public Finance Officer, and earned his BA from Yale University.

Jim Dodge

Jim Dodge

Republican

Jim Dodge currently works with advanced analytics for a private consulting firm. He is also a Village Trustee for the Village of Orland Park. Dodge chairs the Technology and Innovation Committee.

Jesse White

Jesse White

Democrat (incumbent)

Jesse White is the current Secretary of State, an office he has held since 1998. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, White spent 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly. Before becoming a politician, he was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne.

Steve Dutner

Steve Dutner

Libertarian

Steve Dutner is the activism director for the Illinois Libertarian Party. Dutner earned his Bachelor’s in Management and Leadership from Judson University.

Jason Helland

Jason Helland

Republican

Jason Helland has served as Grundy County’s State’s Attorney since 2012. He has also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Kankakee County. Helland earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.

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